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Related to pea family: rose family, mint family, grass family
A large family of plants, the Fabaceae (or Leguminosae), characterized by stipulate, usually compound leaves and often bilaterally symmetrical flowers that develop into pods, and including alfalfa, beans, clovers, peas, and soybeans. Many species contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria in root nodules.
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|Noun||1.||pea family - a large family of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs bearing bean pods; divided for convenience into the subfamilies Caesalpiniaceae; Mimosaceae; Papilionaceae|
rosid dicot family - a family of dicotyledonous plants
Brya, genus Brya - genus of prickly shrubs and small trees of the Caribbean region; source of a durable hardwood
genus Melilotus - Old World herbs: the sweet clovers
family Mimosaceae, Mimosaceae - family of spiny woody plants (usually shrubs or small trees) whose leaves mimic animals in sensitivity to touch; commonly included in the family Leguminosae
Mimosoideae, subfamily Mimosoideae - alternative name used in some classification systems for the family Mimosaceae
Caesalpiniaceae, family Caesalpiniaceae - spiny trees, shrubs, or perennial herbs, including the genera Caesalpinia, Cassia, Ceratonia, Bauhinia; commonly included in the family Leguminosae
Caesalpinioideae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae - alternative name in some classification systems for the family Caesalpiniaceae
family Papilionacea, Papilionaceae - leguminous plants whose flowers have butterfly-shaped corollas; commonly included in the family Leguminosae
Papilionoideae, subfamily Papilionoideae - alternative name used in some classification systems for the family Papilionaceae
wild pea - any of various plants of the family Leguminosae that usually grow like vines