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Families of seed-bearing plants.

The feminine plural of the Latin ending ‑aceus, belonging to, or of the nature of.

Examples include Brassicaceae, the brassica family, including cabbages, radishes, mustards, and cresses; Liliaceae, the lilies, also including tulips, garlics, onions, and leeks; Orchidaceae, the orchids; Taxaceae (Latin taxus, yew), the yews.

See also ‑aceous, ‑ae, ‑ales, and ‑id2.

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