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[lith-rey-shuh s, lahy-threy-]
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  1. belonging to the Lythraceae, the loosestrife family of plants.
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Origin of lythraceous

< New Latin Lythrace(ae) (Lythr(um) the type genus (< Greek lýthron gore) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for lythraceous


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Lythraceae, a mostly tropical American family of herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees that includes purple loosestrife and crape myrtle
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Lythrum type genus, from Greek luthron blood, from the red flowers
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