[sahy-puh-rey-shuh s, sip-uh-]
- belonging to the Cyperaceae, the sedge family of plants.
Compare sedge family.
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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- 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
C19: from New Latin Cypērus type genus, from Latin cypēros a kind of rush, from Greek kupeiros marsh plant, probably of Semitic origin