Meaning of ginseng family

gin'seng fam"ily

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the plant family Araliaceae, characterized by often prickly herbaceous plants, trees, and shrubs having alternate leaves and dense clusters of small, whitish or greenish flowers, and including the devil's-club, ginseng, ivy, schefflera, and wild sarsaparilla.
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