belonging to the Cistaceae, the rockrose family of plants.
Compare rockrose family.
Origin of cistaceous
< Greek kíst(os), variant of kísthos rockrose + -aceous
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of, relating to, or belonging to the Cistaceae, a family of shrubby or herbaceous plants that includes the rockroses
Word Origin for cistaceous
C19: from New Latin Cistaceae, from Greek kistos rockrose
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