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fig'wort fam"ily

the plant family Scrophulariaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants and shrubs having alternate or opposite leaves, often showy two-lipped or irregular flowers, fruit in the form of a capsule or berry, and including the figwort, foxglove, Indian paintbrush, mullein, speedwell, and snapdragon.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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