from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large family of plants, the Rosaceae, characterized by showy flowers with five separated petals and numerous stamens borne on the margin of a cuplike structure, including important fruit plants such as the apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum, raspberry, and strawberry, as well as ornamentals such as the rose and spirea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the Roseceæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large family of dicotyledonous plants of order Rosales; have alternate leaves and five-petaled flowers with numerous stamens


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