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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of gamopetalous plants, belonging to the order Rubiaceæ, the madder family, and to the tribe Spermacoceæ, characterized by three to four ovary-cells, as many style-branches, and a two-to four-celled fruit crowned with from four to eight calyx-lobes, the summit finally falling away from the four lobes or nutlets which constitute its base, and so discharging the four oblong and furrowed seeds.


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