[kar-ee-oh-fuh-ley-shuh s]
Compare pink family.

Origin of caryophyllaceous

1825–35; < New Latin Caryophyllace(ae) the family (Caryophyll(us) a genus < Greek karyóphyllon clove tree (see caryo-, -phyll) + -aceae) + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for caryophyllaceous


  1. 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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