from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to the Sterculiaceae, a former name for Malvaceae of polypetalous exogenous plants, mostly tropical, including the cocoa plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a natural order (Sterculiaceæ) of polypetalous exogenous plants, mostly tropical. The cacao (Theobroma Cacao) is the most useful plant of the order.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the plant-order Sterculiaceæ.
Latin Sterculia, the typical genus, from Latin Sterculius the deity that presided over manuring, from stercus dung. So called because one of the original species has a foetid smell. (Wiktionary)