[vuh-leer-ee-uh-ney-shuh s]

Origin of valerianaceous

1835–45; < New Latin Valerianace(ae) (see valerian, -aceae) + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for valerianaceous


  1. 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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