Definition of cleome in English:


Syllabification: cle·o·me
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
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    • 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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