saxifrage family

noun
a large and diverse family of evergreen or deciduous herbs; widely distributed in northern temperate and cold regions; sometimes includes genera of the family Hydrangeaceae
Hypernyms: ↑rosid dicot family
Member Holonyms: ↑Rosales, ↑order Rosales
Member Meronyms:

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noun

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the plant family Saxifragaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants, shrubs, and small trees having alternate or opposite leaves, clustered or solitary flowers, and fruit in the form of a berry or capsule, and including the astilbe, currant, deutzia, gooseberry, hydrangea, mock orange, piggy-back plant, saxifrage, and strawberry geranium.

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saxifrage family,
a group of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and small trees found chiefly in temperate and frigid regions. The family includes the saxifrage, gooseberry, currant, hydrangea, syringa, and miterwort.

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