[an-uh-kahr-dee-ey-shuh s]
Compare cashew family.

Origin of anacardiaceous

1850–55; < New Latin Anacardiace(ae) plant family name (see ana-, cardi-, -aceae) + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for anacardiaceous


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Anacardiaceae, a chiefly tropical family of trees and shrubs many of which have edible drupes. The family includes the cashew, mango, pistachio, and sumach

Word Origin for anacardiaceous

C19: from New Latin Anacardiāceae, from ana- + Greek kardia heart; so called from the shape of the top of the fruit stem
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