Share this entry

Share this page

lobster claw

Syllabification: lob·ster claw

Definition of lobster claw in English:

noun

A tropical American plant with brightly colored flowers that resemble a lobster claw, each being composed of boat-shaped bracts.
  • Heliconia bihai, family Heliconiaceae
Example sentences
  • For an unusual spring climber that makes a good show, I would suggest Clianthus puniceus, known as the lobster claw and the parrot's beak because of the curious shape of the petals.
  • Bursts of colour from tropical flowers broke the sea of green - white orchids, bold red lobster claws and anthuriums - and the sounds of life in the forest, with cackling parrots and chirping cicadas, was almost deafening.
  • Commonly known as lobster claws, Heliconia are close relatives of ginger, banana, and the bird-of-paradise plants familiar from florists' shops.

Definition of lobster claw in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pərt
adjective
lively; cheerful