from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Bearing umbels.
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- adj. bearing umbels
- adj. pertaining to a member of the family Umbelliferae
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Producing umbels.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a natural order (Umbelliferæ) of plants, of which the parsley, carrot, parsnip, and fennel are well-known examples.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, bearing an umbel or umbels; of or pertaining to the Umbelliferæ: as, an umbelliferous genus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or belonging to plants of the family Umbelliferae
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Parsley is a member of the umbelliferous vegetable family, which contains powerful anticancer compounds.
The OED calls it "A gum-resin mentioned by Roman writers; obtained from an umbelliferous plant called lāserpīcium or silphium"; the OLD entry is again omitting citations:
The undergrowth is simply hideous, consisting mainly of coarse reedy grass, monstrous docks, the large-leaved Polygonum cuspidatum, several umbelliferous plants, and a “ragweed” which, like most of its gawky fellows, grows from five to six feet high.
Here the flora was represented by large carpets of marine crystal, a little umbelliferous plant very good to pickle, which also bears the name of pierce-stone and sea-fennel.
This day I saw on the cavernous hill the woolly ACTINOTUS HELIANTHI, one of the most singular of umbelliferous plants; and, on descending to the base, a white variety of the COMESPERMA SYLVESTRIS, with smooth branches: unlike the kind observed in September, it did not grow above one foot high.
Plants put forth their blossoms as soon as the sun re-appeared; amongst others, the DIDISCUS PILOSUS Benth.; a pretty little umbelliferous plant.
Had Alvarez allowed his eye to stray one entry beyond OED's kesh, dialect for kex, an umbelliferous plant, he would have come upon kesh-work with a cross reference to kish, Irish for a wicker basket, and by extension to a causeway built up on wicker baskets of earth or stone, and to a corduroy road.
The SUMBUL root, which has recently been introduced into the French market, is the root of an umbelliferous plant, which is characterised by a strong odor of musk.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
Russian and Rumanian steppes; in the spring the country is adorned with the flowers of the crocus, orchis, iris, tulip and other bulbous plants, which in summer give way to tall grasses, umbelliferous growths, _dianthi_,
ANISE (_Pimpinella Anisum_), an umbelliferous plant found in Egypt and the Levant, and cultivated on the continent of Europe for medicinal purposes.