- n. leguminous plants whose flowers have butterfly-shaped corollas; commonly included in the family Leguminosae
“And perhaps, while the former appear to us to be the result of deliberate thought, the latter that of an imprudent disregard for our own health, we take from our family, as the papilionaceae take the form of their seed, as well the ideas by which we live as the malady from which we shall die.”
“- Dalbergia sissoo (papilionaceae): this is a moderate-size, misshapen tree; it is used for poles and stakes and for firewood.”
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