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ericaceous

[ er-i-key-shuhs ]
/ ˌɛr ɪˈkeɪ ʃəs /
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adjective

belonging to the Ericaceae, the heath family of plants.

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Origin of ericaceous

1880–85; <New Latin Ericace(ae) (see erica, -aceae) + -ous

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Example sentences from the Web for ericaceous

  • Few plants grow in the dense shades of the lower forests, and these are mainly ericaceous.

  • This is a pretty little Ericaceous plant, nearly allied to Menziesia, and with a plentiful supply of dark-green leaves.

British Dictionary definitions for ericaceous

ericaceous
/ (ˌɛrɪˈkeɪʃəs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Ericaceae, a family of trees and shrubs with typically bell-shaped flowers: includes heather, rhododendron, azalea, and arbutus

Word Origin for ericaceous

C19: from New Latin Erīcāceae, from Latin erīca heath, from Greek ereikē
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