Definition of cleome in English:


Line breaks: cle¦ome
Pronunciation: /klɪˈəʊmi


A plant of a chiefly tropical genus which includes the spider flower, noted for their long stamens.
  • Genus Cleome, family Capparidaceae
More 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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