valerianaceous

[ vuh-leer-ee-uh-ney-shuhs ]
/ vəˌlɪər i əˈneɪ ʃəs /

adjective

belonging to the plant family Valerianaceae.

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Origin of valerianaceous

1835–45; <New Latin Valerianace(ae) (see valerian, -aceae) + -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for valerianaceous

valerianaceous
/ (vəˌlɪərɪəˈneɪʃəs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Valerianaceae, a family of herbaceous plants having, in some genera, the calyx of the flower reduced to a ring of hairs: includes valerian, spikenard, and corn salad

Word Origin for valerianaceous

C19: from New Latin; see valerian
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