scrophulariaceous

[ skrof-yuh-lair-ee-ey-shuhs ]
/ ˌskrɒf yəˌlɛər iˈeɪ ʃəs /

adjective

belonging to the Scrophulariaceae, the figwort family of plants.

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Origin of scrophulariaceous

1840–50; <New Latin scrophulariace(ae) family name (see scrofula, -aria, -aceae) + -ous

Words nearby scrophulariaceous

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British Dictionary definitions for scrophulariaceous

scrophulariaceous
/ (ˌskrɒfjʊˌlɛərɪˈeɪʃəs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Scrophulariaceae, a family of plants including figwort, snapdragon, foxglove, toadflax, speedwell, and mullein

Word Origin for scrophulariaceous

C19: from New Latin (herba) scrophularia scrofula (plant), from the use of such plants in treating scrofula
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