caper family

the plant family Capparidaceae (or Capparaceae), characterized by herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees having alternate, simple, or palmate leaves, irregular flowers with four petals, and fruit in the form of elongated capsules or berries, including the caper and cleome.

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  • caper family — noun a dilleniid dicot family of the order Rhoeadales that includes: genera Capparis, Cleome, Crateva, and Polanisia • Syn: ↑Capparidaceae, ↑family Capparidaceae • Hypernyms: ↑dilleniid dicot family …   Useful english dictionary

  • bean-caper family — noun small trees, shrubs, and herbs of warm arid and saline regions; often resinous; some poisonous: genera Zygophyllum, Tribulus, Guaiacum, Larrea • Syn: ↑Zygophyllaceae, ↑family Zygophyllaceae • Hypernyms: ↑rosid dicot family …   Useful english dictionary

  • caper — caper1 [kā′pər] vi. [prob. < CAPRIOLE] to skip or jump about in a playful manner; frisk; gambol n. 1. a playful jump or leap 2. a wild, foolish action or prank ☆ 3. Slang a criminal plan or act, esp. a robbery cut a caper or cut capers …   English World dictionary

  • caper — caper1 caperer, n. caperingly, adv. /kay peuhr/, v.i. 1. to leap or skip about in a sprightly manner; prance; frisk; gambol. n. 2. a playful leap or skip. 3. a prank or trick; harebrained escapade. 4. a frivolous, carefree episode or activity. 5 …   Universalium

  • caper — I. noun Etymology: back formation from earlier capers (taken as a plural), from Middle English caperis, from Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis Date: 14th century 1. any of a genus (Capparis of the family Capparidaceae, the caper family) of low… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caper bush — /ˈkeɪpə bʊʃ/ (say kaypuh boosh) noun any of various bushes belonging to the Capparis genus of the Caper family, that grow in the northern parts of inland NSW and in Queensland …   Australian English dictionary

  • family Capparidaceae — noun a dilleniid dicot family of the order Rhoeadales that includes: genera Capparis, Cleome, Crateva, and Polanisia • Syn: ↑Capparidaceae, ↑caper family • Hypernyms: ↑dilleniid dicot family …   Useful english dictionary

  • family Zygophyllaceae — noun small trees, shrubs, and herbs of warm arid and saline regions; often resinous; some poisonous: genera Zygophyllum, Tribulus, Guaiacum, Larrea • Syn: ↑Zygophyllaceae, ↑bean caper family • Hypernyms: ↑rosid dicot family …   Useful english dictionary

  • Caper elimia — Taxobox name = Caper elimia status = VU | status system = IUCN2.3 regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Gastropoda ordo = Mesogastropoda familia = Pleuroceridae genus = Elimia species = E. olivula binomial = Elimia olivula binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • List of trees and shrubs by taxonomic family — The following is a list of trees and shrubs of high notoriety. Taxonomic families for the following trees and shrubs are listed in alphabetical order, likewise the genera and closely related species.=GYMNOSPERMS= =CONIFERS= Araucariaceae: The… …   Wikipedia

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