Definition of ericaceous in English:

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ericaceous

Pronunciation: /ˌerəˈkāSHəs/

adjective

Botany
Relating to or denoting plants of the heather family (Ericaceae).
Example sentences
  • Ledum groenlandicum, Labrador tea, is an ericaceous evergreen shrub of acidic, wet areas common to northern regions of North America.
  • The forest ground vegetation is mostly dominated by ericaceous dwarf shrubs.
  • O'Connell and Johnston, for example, found that microhabitat characteristics (e.g. presence of ericaceous shrubs or open canopy) had a larger effect on pollination success in the orchid Cypripedium acaule than floral traits.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Ericaceae (plural), from the genus name Erica (see erica).

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Syllabification: er·i·ca·ceous

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