[ er-i-key-shuh s ]
/ ˌɛr ɪˈkeɪ ʃəs /


belonging to the Ericaceae, the heath family of plants.
Compare heath family.

Origin of ericaceous

1880–85; < New Latin Ericace(ae) (see erica, -aceae) + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ericaceous

/ (ˌɛrɪˈkeɪʃəs) /


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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