from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A large order of dicotyledonous, chiefly choripetalous, plants, characterized by flowers with distinct petals and sepals, the stamens usually as many as the sepals and opposite them, and a superior compound ovary. The order embraces 20 families, of which the most important are the Geraniaceæ, Oxalidaceæ, Linaeeæ, Rutaceæ, Balsameaceæ, and Euphorbiaceæ.
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- n. an order of plants of subclass Rosidae including geraniums and many other plants; see Euphorbiaceae; Geraniaceae; Rutaceae; Malpighiaceae; Simaroubaceae; Meliaceae; Zygophyllaceae; Tropaeolaceae
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