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rubiaceous

[ roo-bee-ey-shuhs ]
/ ˌru biˈeɪ ʃəs /
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adjective
belonging to the Rubiaceae, the madder family of plants.
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Origin of rubiaceous

1825–35; <New Latin Rubiace(ae) name of family (Rubi(a) genus name (Latin rubia madder, akin to ruberred1) + -aceae-aceae) + -ous
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How to use rubiaceous in a sentence

  • From the following remarks, my readers will be able to observe the peculiar features of these interesting rubiaceous plants.

    The Solomon Islands and Their Natives|H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy

British Dictionary definitions for rubiaceous

rubiaceous
/ (ˌruːbɪˈeɪʃəs) /

adjective
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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