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rafflesia

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noun raf·fle·sia \rə-ˈflē-zh(ē-)ə, ra-\

Definition of rafflesia

  1. :  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 of rafflesia

New Latin, from Sir Stamford Raffles †1826 English colonial administrator


First Known Use: 1830

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