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apocynaceous

[ uh-pos-uh-ney-shuhs ]
/ əˌpɒs əˈneɪ ʃəs /
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adjective
belonging to the Apocynaceae, the dogbane family of plants.
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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
/ (əˌpɒsɪˈneɪʃəs) /

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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