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cyperaceous

[ sahy-puh-rey-shuhs, sip-uh- ]
/ ˌsaɪ pəˈreɪ ʃəs, ˌsɪp ə- /
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adjective

belonging to the Cyperaceae, the sedge family of plants.

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Origin of cyperaceous

1850–55; <New Latin Cypēr(us) the typical genus (Latin: kind of rush <Greek kýpeiros a marsh plant) + -aceous

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British Dictionary definitions for cyperaceous

cyperaceous
/ (ˌsaɪpəˈreɪʃəs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Cyperaceae, a family of grasslike flowering plants with solid triangular stems, including the sedges, bulrush, cotton grass, and certain rushes. Some are grown as water plants or as ornamental grasses; and Cyperus papyrus is the papyrus plantCompare juncaceous

Word Origin for cyperaceous

C19: from New Latin Cypērus type genus, from Latin cypēros a kind of rush, from Greek kupeiros marsh plant, probably of Semitic origin
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