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[puh-pav-uh-rey-shuh s]
  1. belonging to the Papaveraceae, the poppy family of plants.
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Origin of papaveraceous

1840–50; < New Latin, Latin papāver poppy + -aceous
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British Dictionary definitions for papaveraceous


  1. 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
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Word Origin for papaveraceous

C19: from New Latin, from Latin papāver poppy
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