from The Century Dictionary.
- Of, pertaining to, or belonging to the Ranales, an order of dicotyledonous plants. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Bot.) Having a general affinity to ranunculaceous plants.
- adjective (Bot.) a name proposed by Lindley for a group of natural orders, including Ranunculaceæ, Magnoliaceæ, Papaveraceæ, and others related to them.
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This, however, does not entitle us to assume the origin of Monocotyledons from Dicotyledons, although there is manifestly a temptation to connect helobic forms of the former with ranal ones of the latter.