1. [ noun ] (biology,botany) widely distributed family of mostly tropical trees and shrubs and herbs; includes coffee and chinchona and gardenia and madder and bedstraws and partridgeberry
Synonyms: family_Rubiaceae Rubiaceae
Related terms: asterid_dicot_family Rubiales Coffea Asperula Rubia genus_Genipa Pinckneya genus_Cinchona Galium genus_Gardenia Mitchella genus_Hamelia Nauclea Chiococca Calycophyllum Psychotria Sarcocephalus Vangueria madderwort
Similar spelling:   materfamilias