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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large family of chiefly herbaceous plants, the Caryophyllaceae, characterized by opposite simple leaves, swollen stem nodes, and usually five petals that are sometimes notched, and including the carnations, chickweeds, and pinks.

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  • noun large family of herbs or subshrubs (usually with stems swollen at the nodes)

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