malvaceous [mal-vey-shuh s] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. belonging to the Malvaceae, the mallow family of plants.

Compare mallow family. Origin of malvaceous From the Latin word malvāceus, dating back to 1690–1700. See mallow, -aceous Examples from the Web for malvaceous Historical Examples of malvaceous

  • Hibiscus, hī-bis′kus, n. a genus of malvaceous plants, mostly tropical.

    Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • It feeds on various species of malvaceous plants and also on the common portulaca.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • The caterpillar probably feeds on malvaceous plants, as do most of the species of the genus.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • British Dictionary definitions for malvaceous malvaceous adjective

    1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Malvaceae, a family of plants that includes mallow, cotton, okra, althaea, and abutilon

    Word Origin for malvaceous C17: from Latin malvāceus, from malva mallow

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