asclepiadaceous

[uh-sklee-pee-uh-dey-shuh s]

adjective

belonging to the Asclepiadaceae, the milkweed family of plants.

Nearby words

  1. ascidium,
  2. ascigerous,
  3. ascii,
  4. ascites,
  5. ascitic,
  6. asclepiadean,
  7. asclepiades,
  8. asclepias,
  9. asclepius,
  10. asco-


Origin of asclepiadaceous

1875–80; < New Latin Asclepiadace(ae) (Asclepiad-, stem of Asclepias the type genus (Latin < Greek asklēpiás a plant, perhaps the swallowwort, derivative of Asklēpiós Asclepius) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for asclepiadaceous

asclepiadaceous

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Asclepiadaceae, a family of mostly tropical and subtropical flowering plants, including the milkweed and swallowwort, having pollen in the form of a waxy mass (pollinium): now usually regarded as a subfamily of the Apocynaceae

Word Origin for asclepiadaceous

C19: from New Latin Asclēpias genus name, from Latin, from Greek asklēpias, named after Asclepius

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