Definition of rafflesia in English:

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rafflesia

Pronunciation: /rəˈfliːʒɪə/
/rəfliːˈzɪə/

noun

A parasitic plant which lacks chlorophyll and bears a single very large flower which smells of carrion, native to Malaysia and Indonesia.
  • Genus Rafflesia, family Rafflesiaceae: several species, including R. arnoldii, with flowers over 60 cm (2 ft) 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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