Sterculiaceous

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sterculiaceous (Bot) Of or pertaining to a natural order (Sterculiace√¶) of polypetalous exogenous plants, mostly tropical. The cacao (Theobroma Cacao) is the most useful plant of the order.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sterculiaceous Of or pertaining to the plant-order Sterculiaceæ.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. Sterculia, the typical genus, fr. L. Sterculius, the deity that presided over manuring, from stercus, dung. So called because one of the original species is fetid