[ roo-bee-ey-shuh s ]
/ ˌru biˈeɪ ʃəs /


belonging to the Rubiaceae, the madder family of plants.
Compare madder family.

Origin of rubiaceous

1825–35; < New Latin Rubiace(ae) name of family (Rubi(a) genus name (Latin rubia madder, akin to ruber red1) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for rubiaceous

/ (ˌruːbɪˈeɪʃəs) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Rubiaceae, a widely distributed family of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants that includes the coffee and cinchona trees, gardenia, madder, and bedstraws

Word Origin for rubiaceous

C19: from New Latin Rubiaceae, from Latin rubia madder, from rubeus red
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