apocynaceous

[uh-pos-uh-ney-shuh s]

adjective

belonging to the Apocynaceae, the dogbane family of plants.

Nearby words

  1. apocrine metaplasia,
  2. apocrine sweat gland,
  3. apocrypha,
  4. apocryphal,
  5. apocryphal gospels,
  6. apocynthion,
  7. apodal,
  8. apodeictic,
  9. apodeipnon,
  10. apodema


Origin of apocynaceous

1880–85; < New Latin Apocyn(um) genus name (< Greek apókynon dogbane: apo- apo- + kyn- (stem of kýōn dog) + -on noun suffix) + -aceous

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British Dictionary definitions for apocynaceous

apocynaceous

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Apocynaceae, a family of mostly tropical flowering plants with latex in their stems, including the dogbane, periwinkle, oleander, and some lianas

Word Origin for apocynaceous

C19: from New Latin Apocynum type genus, from Latin: dogbane, from Greek apokunon, from kuōn dog

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