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rafflesia

Syllabification: raf·fle·sia
Pronunciation: /rəˈflēZHə, ra-
 
/

Definition of rafflesia in English:

noun

A parasitic plant that lacks chlorophyll and bears a single, very large flower that smells of carrion, native to Malaysia and Indonesia.
  • Genus Rafflesia, family Rafflesiaceae: several species, including R. arnoldii, with flowers over 2 feet (60 cm) across
Example sentences
  • The 750 or so square kilometres of rainforest surrounding the mountain is one of the world's best-known botanical paradises and is home to the rafflesia, the world's largest flower.
  • The most exotic of all is the rafflesia, a cabbagey survivor of ancient days, which measures up to a metre across and makes its living by devouring insects and small mammals.
  • Borneo is a botanist's paradise, with its orchids and rafflesia, the world's largest flower.

Origin

modern Latin, named after Sir T. Stamford Raffles (see Raffles, Sir Stamford).

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