[kap-ruh-foh-lee-ey-shuh s]

Origin of caprifoliaceous

1850–55; < New Latin Caprifoliace(ae) honeysuckle family (Caprifoli(um) genus of honeysuckle (Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin capri- capri- + folium leaf) + New Latin -aceae -aceae) + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for caprifoliaceous


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Caprifoliaceae, a family of N temperate shrubs, small trees, and climbers including honeysuckle, elder, and guelder-rose

Word Origin for caprifoliaceous

C19: from New Latin caprifoliāceae, from caprifolium type genus, from Medieval Latin: honeysuckle, from Latin caper goat + folium leaf
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