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[roo-tey-shuh s]
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adjective Botany.
  1. of or like rue.
  2. belonging to the Rutaceae, the rue family of plants.
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Origin of rutaceous

1820–30; < New Latin Rutace(ae) name of the family (Rut(a) the type genus (Latin rūta rue2) + -aceae aceae) + -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for rutaceous


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Rutaceae, a family of tropical and temperate flowering plants many of which have aromatic leaves. The family includes rue and citrus trees
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Rutaceae, from Latin rūta rue ²
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