baby's breath, name for a plant of the family Caryophyllaceae ( pink family) and for several other flowers, e.g., white bedstraw of the family Rubiaceae ( madder family) and grape hyacinth of the family Liliaceae ( lily family). The pink and madder families are classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, orders Caryophyllales and Rubiales, respectively. The lily family is classified in the class Liliopsida, order Liliales.
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