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[mee-lee-ey-shuh s]
  1. belonging to the Meliaceae, the mahogany family of plants.
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Origin of meliaceous

1895–1900; < New Latin Meliace(ae) (equivalent to Meli(a) genus name (< Greek melía ash tree) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous
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Historical Examples

  • At the village first reached in the ascent there is a Meliaceous Azedarach looking tree.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and The

    William Griffith

British Dictionary definitions for meliaceous


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Meliaceae, a family of tropical and subtropical trees, including mahogany, some of which yield valuable timber
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Melia type genus, from Greek: ash
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