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Papilionaceous

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Papiliona'ceous. adj. [from papilio, Latin.]

The flowers of some plants are called papilionaceous by botanists, which represent something of the figure of a butterfly, with its wings displayed: and here the petala, or flower leaves, are always of a diform figure: they are four in number, but joined together at the extremities; one of these is usually larger than the rest and is erected in the middle of the flower, and by some called vexillum: the plants, that have his flower, are of leguminous kind; as pease, vetches, &c. Quincy.

Sources: Quincy, John (60)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Papilionaceous." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 19, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13903.


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