Myrtaceous Myr*ta"ceous, a. [L. myrtaceus.] (Bot.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a large and important natural family of trees and shrubs ({Myrtace[ae]} of the order {Myrtales}), of which the myrtle ({Myrtus}) is the type. It includes the genera {Eucalyptus}, {Pimenta}, {Lechythis}, and about seventy more. [1913 Webster]

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  • myrtaceous — /merr tay sheuhs/, adj. 1. belonging to the Myrtaceae, the myrtle family of plants. Cf. myrtle family. 2. of, pertaining to, or resembling the myrtle. [1825 35; < NL Myrtace(ae) family name (NL, L myrt(us) MYRTLE + aceae ACEAE) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • myrtaceous — adjective Characteristic of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) of plants …   Wiktionary

  • myrtaceous — adj. of or pertaining to a myrtle tree; belonging to the Myrtaceae family …   English contemporary dictionary

  • myrtaceous — [mə: teɪʃəs] adjective Botany relating to or denoting plants of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae). Origin C19: from mod. L. Myrtaceae (plural), from the genus name Myrtus (see myrtle), + ous …   English new terms dictionary

  • myrtaceous — myr·ta·ceous …   English syllables

  • myrtaceous — /mɜˈteɪʃəs/ (say mer tayshuhs) adjective 1. belonging to the Myrtaceae, or myrtle family of plants, which includes the myrtle, the guava, the eucalypts, etc. 2. of, relating to, or resembling the myrtle. {Late Latin myrtāceus of myrtle} …   Australian English dictionary

  • myrtaceous —   a. belonging to myrtle family of plants.    ♦ myrtiform, a. myrtle like …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • myrtaceous — adj. of or relating to the plant family Myrtaceae, including myrtles …   Useful english dictionary

  • myrtaceous tree — noun trees and shrubs • Hypernyms: ↑angiospermous tree, ↑flowering tree • Member Holonyms: ↑Myrtaceae, ↑family Myrtaceae, ↑myrtle family …   Useful english dictionary

  • water gum — /ˈwɔtə gʌm/ (say wawtuh gum) noun 1. any of several myrtaceous trees growing near water, being species of the genus Tristania, especially Tristaniopsis laurina, a medium tree with deep green laurel like leaves and clusters of yellow flowers in… …   Australian English dictionary

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