adjective Etymology: Latin papilion-, papilio butterfly — more at pavilion Date: 1668 having a corolla (as in the bean or pea) with usually five petals that include a large upper petal enclosing two lateral wings and a lower carina of two united petals

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  • Papilionaceous — Pa*pil io*na ceous, a. 1. Resembling the butterfly. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) (a) Having a winged corolla somewhat resembling a butterfly, as in the blossoms of the bean and pea. (b) Belonging to that suborder of leguminous plants… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • papilionaceous — [pə pil΄ē ō nā′shəs] adj. [< L papilio, butterfly (< redupl. of IE base * pel , to fly, flutter, swim > OE fifealde, butterfly) + ACEOUS] Bot. shaped like a butterfly: said of certain flowers, esp. those of some legumes, as the pea …   English World dictionary

  • papilionaceous — /peuh pil ee euh nay sheuhs/, adj. Bot. 1. having an irregular corolla shaped somewhat like a butterfly, as the pea and other leguminous plants. 2. belonging to the family Papilionaceae (Fabaceae), that is often included as part of the… …   Universalium

  • papilionaceous — adjective a) Having the form of a butterfly b) Having corolla with two wings resembling those of a butterfly …   Wiktionary

  • papilionaceous — a. Butterfly shaped …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • papilionaceous — pa·pil·i·o·na·ceous …   English syllables

  • papilionaceous — pa•pil•i•o•na•ceous [[t]pəˌpɪl i əˈneɪ ʃəs[/t]] adj. bot having an irregular corolla shaped like a butterfly, as the pea and other leguminous plants • Etymology: 1660–70; < L pāpiliōn (s. of pāpiliō) butterfly + aceous …   From formal English to slang

  • papilionaceous — /pəˌpɪliəˈneɪʃəs/ (say puh.pileeuh nayshuhs) adjective Botany 1. of or relating to the family Papilionaceae, now formally called Fabaceae, the family of pea plants. 2. having an irregular corolla shaped somewhat like a butterfly, as the pea and… …   Australian English dictionary

  • papilionaceous —   a. shaped like a butterfly …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • papilionaceous — adj. (of a plant) with a corolla like a butterfly. Etymology: mod.L papilionaceus f. L papilio onis butterfly …   Useful english dictionary

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