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acanthaceous

[ ak-uhn-they-shuhs ]
/ ˌæk ənˈθeɪ ʃəs /
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adjective
having prickly growths.
belonging to the plant family Acanthaceae.
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Origin of acanthaceous

1745–55; <New Latin Acanthace(ae) (see acanthus, -aceae) + -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for acanthaceous

acanthaceous
/ (ˌækənˈθeɪʃəs) /

adjective
of or relating to the Acanthaceae, a mainly tropical and subtropical family of flowering plants that includes the acanthus
having spiny or prickly outgrowths
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