acanthus family


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acan′thus fam`ily


n.
a plant family, Acanthaceae, of tropical shrubs and nonwoody plants with simple opposite leaves, clusters of tubular bracted flowers, and seeds sometimes dispersed by exploding fruit.
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Noun1.acanthus family - widely distributed herbs and shrubs and treesacanthus family - widely distributed herbs and shrubs and trees; sometimes placed in the order Scrophulariales
asterid dicot family - family of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
order Polemoniales, Polemoniales - Polemoniaceae; Solanaceae; Boraginaceae; Labiatae; Lentibulariaceae; Pedaliaceae; in some classifications includes the order Scrophulariales
genus Acanthus - bear's breeches
genus Thunbergia, Thunbergia - a genus of herbs or vines of the family Acanthaceae
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