papilionaceous

[ puh-pil-ee-uh-ney-shuh s ]
/ pəˌpɪl i əˈneɪ ʃəs /
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adjective Botany.

having an irregular corolla shaped somewhat like a butterfly, as the pea and other leguminous plants.
belonging to the family Papilionaceae (Fabaceae), that is often included as part of the Leguminosae.

Nearby words

  1. paphos,
  2. papiamento,
  3. papier collé,
  4. papier-mache,
  5. papier-mâché,
  6. papilla,
  7. papilla mammae,
  8. papilla of corium,
  9. papillar,
  10. papillary

Origin of papilionaceous

1660–70; < Latin pāpiliōn- (stem of pāpiliō) butterfly + -aceous

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