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[pip-uh-rey-shuh s, pahy-puh-]
  1. belonging to the Piperacae, the pepper family of plants.
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Origin of piperaceous

1665–75; < New Latin Piperace(ae) (Piper the type genus (Latin: pepper) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous
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Examples from the Web for piperaceous

Historical Examples

  • An alkaloid has been obtained from the piperaceous jaborandi by Parodi, and named by him jaborandine.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

British Dictionary definitions for piperaceous


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Piperaceae, a family of pungent tropical shrubs and climbing flowering plants: includes pepper, betel, and cubeb
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Word Origin

C17: via New Latin from Latin piper pepper
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