Definition of caryophyllaceous in English:

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caryophyllaceous

Pronunciation: /ˌkarɪə(ʊ)fɪˈleɪʃəs/

adjective

Botany
Relating to or denoting plants of the pink family (Caryophyllaceae).
Example sentences
  • In North America the beetle's diet is primarily restricted to caryophyllaceous species.
  • S. longipes is a weedy, caryophyllaceous species, where stem elongation has been found to primarily involve cell elongation.
  • KASUMI SO is a member of the caryophyllaceous family.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Caryophyllaceae (plural), based on Greek karuophullon 'clove pink', + -ous.

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