Definition of carrion flower in English:

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carrion flower


1A North American climbing plant with small white flowers that smell of decaying flesh.
  • Genus Smilax: several species, in particular S. herbacea.
Example sentences
  • As a group, members of the genus Trillium are commonly known as trillium, wakerobin, toadshade, squawroot, or carrion flower and they have recently gained interest as garden plants.
  • The carrion flowers are cactuslike succulents with four-angled, coarsely toothed, spineless stems.
  • The carrion flowers are striking, often measuring over 6 inches across, and are covered with fine hair.
2 another term for stapelia.
Example sentences
  • The real carrion flowers are Stapelia species, succulent plants from the dryer regions of tropical Africa and India.
  • Stapelia spp. are known as carrion flowers, superficially like cacti, but on no way related.
  • Known globally as African starfish flowers or locally as carrion flowers, members of the genus Stapelia are usually characterized by their foul-smelling flowers reminiscent of the odour of rotting meat.

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Syllabification: car·ri·on flow·er

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