Definition of malpighiaceous in English:

malpighiaceous

adjective

Botany
  • 1Designating a T-shaped unicellular hair, characteristic of plants of the family Malpighiaceae.

  • 2Belonging to the family Malpighiaceae, comprising dicotyledonous trees and shrubs found chiefly in tropical America, of which the type genus is Malpighia.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From scientific Latin malpighiaceus (in pilus Malpighiaceus) (A. P. de Candolle Théorie Élémentaire de la Botanique 319; from Malpighia, genus name (Linnaeus Species Plantarum I. 425, after C. Plumier Nova Plantarum Americanarum Genera 46; from Malpighi + -a) + -aceous: see -aceous) + -ous.

Pronunciation

malpighiaceous

/ˌmalpɪɡɪˈeɪʃəs/