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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of gamopetalous plants, including the madder, type of the order Rubiaceæ, belonging to the tribe Galieæ, distinguished from the closely related and well-known genus Galium, the bedstraw, by flowers with parts in fives instead of fours.

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  • n. type genus of the Rubiaceae; Old World herbs and subshrubs grown for their medicinal properties and for dye substances extracted from their roots

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