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meliaceous

[ mee-lee-ey-shuhs ]
/ ˌmi liˈeɪ ʃəs /
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adjective

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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British Dictionary definitions for meliaceous

meliaceous
/ (ˌmiːlɪˈeɪʃɪəs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Meliaceae, a family of tropical and subtropical trees, including mahogany, some of which yield valuable timber
C19: from New Latin Melia type genus, from Greek: ash
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