n Bot. Family of dicotyledonous plants. They are tropical trees or shrubs, with alternate leaves, axillary flowers, solitary or in bunches, and dry or fleshy fruits containing hard and fragile seeds, such as the anona.
This family comprises about 1,100 species distributed in 122 genera.
Type genus: Annona.
From modern Latin Annonaceae; from Annona, name of a plant genus; and the Latin suffix -aceae, «-aceous».