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rhamnaceous

[ram-ney-shuh s]
adjective
  1. belonging to the Rhamnaceae, the buckthorn family of plants.
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Origin of rhamnaceous

< New Latin Rhamnace(ae) family name (Rhamn(us) genus name (< Greek rhámnos thorn bush) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for rhamnaceous

rhamnaceous

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Rhamnaceae, a widely distributed family of trees and shrubs having small inconspicuous flowers. The family includes the buckthorns
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Rhamnaceae, from Greek rhamnos a thorn
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