• 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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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