Definition of cleome in English:

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Pronunciation: /klēˈōmē/


A plant of a chiefly tropical genus that includes the spider flower. Cleomes are noted for their long stamens.
  • Genus Cleome, family Capparidaceae.
Example sentences
  • Late-spring-to-frost annuals include the numerous sun coleuses, cleomes, periwinkles and zinnias.
  • Impatiens and cleomes are two longtime favorites of the summer garden.
  • Tall flowers, like cleome and tithonias, are planted on the outside of the fence, concealing the utilitarian purpose of the garden.


Modern Latin, from Greek, denoting a different plant.

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Syllabification: cle·o·me

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