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Definition of: poaceous

(pō·āshəs) adjective Bot.
Of or pertaining to a large, widely distributed family (Poaceae) of annual or perennial herbs, the grasses. The inflorescence is spicate, racemose, or paniculate, with very small flowers, generally perfect or staminate. The fruit is a seedlike grain (caryopsis), having a starchy endosperm. The grasses producing food grains are known as cereals. Formerly called Gramineae or Graminaceae. [<Gk. poa grass + -ACEOUS]

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