Definition of caryophyllaceous in English:


Line breaks: caryo|phyl|la¦ceous
Pronunciation: /ˌkarɪə(ʊ)fɪˈleɪʃəs


Relating to or denoting plants of the pink family (Caryophyllaceae).
More 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.


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

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