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asclepiadaceous

[uh-sklee-pee-uh-dey-shuh s]
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adjective
  1. belonging to the Asclepiadaceae, the milkweed family of plants.
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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
  1. 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
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Word Origin

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