from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A large family of dicotyledonous plants, having their flowers arranged in dense heads of many small florets and their anthers united in a tube. The daisy, dandelion, and asters, are examples.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The largest natural order of plants, including over 750 genera and 10,000 species, distributed all over the globe wherever vegetation is found, and divided equally between the old world and the new.
- In zoology, a family of compound ascidians, corresponding to the family Botryllidœ; the Synascidiœ (which see).
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- n. plants with heads composed of many florets: aster; daisy; dandelion; goldenrod; marigold; lettuces; ragweed; sunflower; thistle; zinnia
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A great variety of climbing plants (compositae, bignoniaciae, and sapindaceae) already exists.
Grass-land much tumbled about, the turf very fine and green, dotted over with clumps and single trees, with picturesque, rocky hills, deeply cleft by water-courses were on our right, and on our left the green slopes blended with the flushed, stony soil near the sea, on which indigo and various compositae are the chief vegetation.
Some thornless thistles, a little brush of sapless-looking indigo, and some species of compositae struggle for a doleful existence.
Domus, et habitacula rotundae sunt formae, compositae et contextae paruis lignis, et flexilibus virgulis, ad modum cauearum quas nos facimus pro auiculis, habentes rotundam in culmine aperturam praestantem duo beneficia habitationi, quoniam et ignis quem in medio domus constituunt, fumum emittit, et pro aspiciendo lumen immittit.
Teazles, thistles, and the umbels (seed-heads) of various plants, chiefly compositae, will be found of service; but everything must be thoroughly dried before being coloured, or before being introduced into shades or cases.
Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling and artistic taxidermy.
Darwinian; not a sceptic, but _Agnosticus suavis_ or _Verecundus, ordo compositae_, you know.
'The compositae, yes, I think so,' said Ursula, who was never very sure of anything.
Positive and negative varieties of this kind are by no means rare among the compositae.
In eventum ergo talem, quod in causa religionis dissensiones inter nos et partes amice et in caritate non fuerint compositae, tunc coram
Episcopis, ecclesiae traditae; compositae tamen cum Scripturis, ab his discrepant, discrepantiaque illa sua ostendunt, se minime esse