ranunculaceous

[ ruh-nuhng-kyuh-ley-shuh s ]
/ rəˌnʌŋ kyəˈleɪ ʃəs /

adjective

belonging to the Ranunculaceae, the buttercup family of plants.

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Origin of ranunculaceous

1825–35; < New Latin Ranunculace(ae) name of family (Ranuncul(us) genus name (Latin rānunculus little frog; rān(a) frog + -unculus diminutive suffix, extracted from n-stem derivatives; see homunculus) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for ranunculaceous

ranunculaceous
/ (rəˌnʌŋkjʊˈleɪʃəs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Ranunculaceae, a N temperate family of flowering plants typically having flowers with five petals and numerous anthers and styles. The family includes the buttercup, clematis, hellebore, and columbine
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