[ myoo-zey-shuh s ]
/ myuˈzeɪ ʃəs /


belonging to the Musaceae, the banana family of plants.

Words nearby musaceous

Compare banana family.

Origin of musaceous

1850–55; < New Latin Musace(ae) family name (Mus(a) genus name (< Arabic mawzah banana, perhaps < Sanskrit mocaḥ) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for musaceous

/ (mjuːˈzeɪʃəs) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Musaceae, a family of tropical flowering plants having large leaves and clusters of elongated berry fruits: includes the banana, edible plantain, and Manila hemp

Word Origin for musaceous

C19: from New Latin Mūsāceae, from Mūsa genus name, from Arabic mawzah banana
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