belonging to the Nyctaginaceae, the four-o'clock family of plants.
Compare four-o'clock family.
Origin of nyctaginaceous
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of, relating to, or belonging to the Nyctaginaceae, a family of mostly tropical plants, including bougainvillea, having large coloured bracts surrounding each flower
Word Origin for nyctaginaceous
from New Latin, from Nyctago type genus, from Greek nukt-, nux night
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