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[ puh-pav-uh-rey-shuh s ]
/ pəˌpæv əˈreɪ ʃəs /


belonging to the Papaveraceae, the poppy family of plants.

Nearby words

papanicolaou stain, papanicolaou test, paparazzi, paparazzo, papauma, papaveraceous, papaverine, papaw, papaya, papeete, papelera
Compare poppy family.

Origin of papaveraceous

1840–50; < New Latin, Latin papāver poppy + -aceous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for papaveraceous


/ (pəˌpeɪvəˈreɪʃəs) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Papaveraceae, a family of plants having large showy flowers and a cylindrical seed capsule with pores beneath the lid: includes the poppies and greater celandine

Word Origin for papaveraceous

C19: from New Latin, from Latin papāver poppy
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