Definitions

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  • proper n. Fabaceae. A taxonomic family within the order Fabales — the legumes.

Etymologies

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From papilio ("butterfly, moth") +‎ -aceae

Examples

  • The flower, you will notice, is shaped very like the flower of a pea, and indeed it belongs to the same family, called the Papilionaceae or butterfly family, because the flowers look something like an insect flying.

    The Fairy-Land of Science

  • Papilionaceae (Fabaceae) syn: Voandzeia subterranea (L.)

    Chapter 7

  • Papilionaceae (Fabaceae) syn: Vigna pseudolablab Harms, Vatovaea biloba

    Chapter 7

  • Papilionaceae (Fabaceae) syn: C. intermedia Kotschy

    Chapter 7

  • The groundnut, Arachis hypogaea, also known as the peanut or earthnut, is botanically a member of the Papilionaceae, largest and most important member of the Leguminosae.

    1. Oil Plants and their Potential Use

  • Labiatae, and Papilionaceae, are the predominant forms, and mostly of the same type: I observe a tendency among Boragineae to have cup-shaped nuts.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

  • I have never printed a word that I can remember about orchids and papilionaceous plants being few in islands on account of rarity of insects; and I remember you screamed at me when I suggested this a propos of Papilionaceae in New Zealand, and of the statement about clover not seeding there till the hive-bee was introduced, as I stated in my paper in "Gard.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1

  • "I thought I had found out what puzzled us in Coronilla varia: in most of the Papilionaceae, when the tenth stamen is free, there is nectar in the staminal tube, and the opening caused by the free stamen enables the bee to reach the nectar, and in so doing the bee fertilises the plant.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

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