noun \rə-ˈflē-zh(ē-)ə, ra-\

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


New Latin, from Sir Stamford Raffles †1826 English colonial administrator
First Known Use: 1830

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