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[uhm-buh-lif-er-uh s]
  1. bearing an umbel or umbels.
  2. belonging to the Umbelliferae, the parsley family of plants.
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Origin of umbelliferous

1655–65; < New Latin umbellifer (umbelli-, combining form of Latin umbella (see umbel) + -fer -fer) + -ous
Related formssub·um·bel·lif·er·ous, adjective
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  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Umbelliferae, a family of herbaceous plants and shrubs, typically having hollow stems, divided or compound leaves, and flowers in umbels: includes fennel, dill, parsley, carrot, celery, and parsnip
  2. designating any other plant bearing umbels
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Derived Formsumbellifer, noun

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin umbellifer, from Latin umbella sunshade + ferre to bear
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