- belonging to the Caryophyllaceae, the pink family of plants.
Compare pink family.
Origin of caryophyllaceous
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- of, relating to, or belonging to the Caryophyllaceae, a family of flowering plants including the pink, carnation, sweet william, and chickweed
Word Origin for caryophyllaceous
C19: from New Latin Caryophyllāceae, from Caryophyllus former type genus, from Greek karuophullon clove tree, from karuon nut + phullon leaf
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