Definition of rafflesia
: any of a genus (Rafflesia of the family Rafflesiaceae) of Malaysian dicotyledonous plants that are parasitic in other plants and have fleshy usually foul-smelling apetalous flowers emerging from the host, imbricated scales in place of leaves, and no stems
Origin and Etymology of rafflesia
New Latin, from Sir Stamford Raffles †1826 English colonial administrator
First Known Use: 1830
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