from The Century Dictionary.
- Of or pertaining to the plant-order Sterculiaceæ.
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- 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 Malvaceaeof polypetalous exogenous plants, mostly tropical, including the cocoaplant.
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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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