noun sta·pe·lia \stə-ˈpēl-yə\

Definition of STAPELIA

:  any of a genus (Stapelia) of chiefly African perennial herbs of the milkweed family with succulent typically leafless toothed stems and showy but usually putrid-smelling star-shaped flowers

Origin of STAPELIA

New Latin, from J. B. van Stapel †1636 Dutch botanist
First Known Use: 1776


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