acanthus family

noun
widely distributed herbs and shrubs and trees; sometimes placed in the order Scrophulariales
Hypernyms: ↑asterid dicot family
Member Holonyms: ↑Polemoniales, ↑order Polemoniales

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noun
Usage: usually capitalized A

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the plant family Acanthaceae, typified by tropical herbaceous plants and shrubs having simple opposite leaves, clusters of tubular bracted flowers, and seeds sometimes dispersed by exploding fruit, including the acanthus, caricature, and shrimp plant.

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acanthus family,
a large family of plants found mainly in tropical areas. The leaves of the plants are usually simple, but the petals are irregular and coiled. Many kinds are grown for decoration. The bear's-breech and clockvine are members of the acanthus family.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • acanthus family — the plant family Acanthaceae, typified by tropical herbaceous plants and shrubs having simple opposite leaves, clusters of tubular bracted flowers, and seeds sometimes dispersed by exploding fruit, including the acanthus, caricature, and shrimp… …   Universalium

  • acanthus family — acan′thus fam ily n. pln a plant family, Acanthaceae, of tropical shrubs and nonwoody plants with simple opposite leaves, clusters of tubular bracted flowers, and seeds sometimes dispersed by exploding fruit …   From formal English to slang

  • acanthus — [ə kan′thəs] n. pl. acanthuses or acanthi [ə kan′thī΄, ə kan′thē΄] [ModL < L < Gr akanthos: see ACANTHO ] 1. any of a genus (Acanthus) of thistlelike plants of the acanthus family with lobed, often spiny leaves and long spikes of white or… …   English World dictionary

  • acanthus — acanthine /euh kan thin, thuyn/, adj. /euh kan theuhs/, n., pl. acanthuses, acanthi / thuy/. 1. any of several plants of the genus Acanthus, of the Mediterranean region, having spiny or toothed leaves and showy, white or purplish flowers. Cf.… …   Universalium

  • acanthus — noun (plural acanthus) Etymology: New Latin, genus name, from Greek akanthos, an acanthus, from akantha thorn Date: 1551 1. any of a genus (Acanthus of the family Acanthaceae, the acanthus family) of prickly perennial herbs chiefly of the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • family Acanthaceae — noun widely distributed herbs and shrubs and trees; sometimes placed in the order Scrophulariales • Syn: ↑Acanthaceae, ↑acanthus family • Hypernyms: ↑asterid dicot family • Member Holonyms: ↑Polemoniales, ↑order Polemoniales …   Useful english dictionary

  • Acanthus — ID 535 Symbol Key ACANT7 Common Name acanthus Family Acanthaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity N/A US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution CA Growth Habit N/A Durati …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Acanthus ebracteatus — ID 536 Symbol Key ACEB3 Common Name acanthus Family Acanthaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Cultivated, or not in the U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution N/A Growth Habit N/A …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Acanthus spinosus — ID 541 Symbol Key ACSP7 Common Name spine acanthus Family Acanthaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Cultivated, or not in the U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution N/A Growth Habit N/A …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Acanthus syriacus — ID 542 Symbol Key ACSY Common Name Syrian acanthus Family Acanthaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Cultivated, or not in the U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution N/A Growth Habit N/A …   USDA Plant Characteristics

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