valerian family: Meaning and Definition of

valer'ian fam"ily

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  1. the plant family Valerianaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants and shrubs having simple or compound, opposite leaves, clusters of small flowers, and dry, indehiscent fruit, and including corn salad, spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi), and valerian.
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