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EtymologyEdit

From Latin papilio (butterfly). In sense of plant family: Papilionaceae +‎ -ous

AdjectiveEdit

papilionaceous (comparative more papilionaceous, superlative most papilionaceous)

  1. Having the form of a butterfly.
  2. (botany) Having a corolla showing bilateral symmetry with prominent wing-like petals, as found in the Faboidea (Papilionoidea).
  3. (botany, dated) Of or pertaining to the Fabaceae family of plants.