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Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the plant-order Sterculiaceæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Bot.) 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.

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  • adjective botany Of or relating to the Sterculiaceae, a former name for Malvaceae of polypetalous exogenous plants, mostly tropical, including the cocoa plant.

Etymologies

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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.

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