common name for the Moraceae, a family of deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs, often climbing, mostly of pantropical distribution, and characterized by milky sap. Several genera bear edible fruit, e.g., Morus,
(true mulberries), Ficus
(the fig genus), and Artocarpus,
which includes the breadfruit and related species. The related hemp family, whose plants do not contain latex, were formerly included in this family.
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