One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting plants of the poppy family ("Papaveraceae").
- ‘The Papaveraceous plant Argemone mexicana is antifungal against Candida albicans, antibacterial against Escherichia coli.’
- ‘Among other criteria he saw some difficulty in finding a papaveraceous plant endemic to the tropical New Caledonia in the southern hemisphere.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Papaveraceae (plural), based on Latin papaver ‘poppy’, + -ous.
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