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bombacaceous

[ bom-buh-key-shuhs ]
/ ˌbɒm bəˈkeɪ ʃəs /
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adjective
belonging to the Bombacaceae, the bombax family of plants.
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Origin of bombacaceous

1860–65; <New Latin Bombacace(ae) name of the family (see bombax family, -aceae) + -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for bombacaceous

bombacaceous
/ (ˌbɒmbəˈkeɪʃəs) /

adjective
of, relating to, or belonging to the Bombacaceae, a family of tropical trees, including the kapok tree and baobab, that have very thick stems, often with water-storing tissue

Word Origin for bombacaceous

C19: from New Latin Bombācāceae, from Medieval Latin bombāx cotton, from Latin bombyx silkworm, silk, from Greek bombux
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