corpse flower

noun
variants: or less commonly corpse plant

Definition of corpse flower

: a tropical perennial herb (Amorphophallus titanum) of the arum family that is native to Sumatra and produces a tall, erect, yellowish-white spadix partly enclosed by a showy, white-spotted, green spathe which opens during bloom to reveal a reddish-purple interior and emit an odor of rotting flesh Part of the reason the corpse flower is drawing such big crowds is because it rarely blooms. It is also one of the biggest, stinkiest plants on the planet …— Lara Sorokanich

called also titan arum

Examples of corpse flower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And another essay on the corpse flower becomes an ode to both the flower’s many curiosities, and its unusual role in helping Nezhukumatathil decide between possible suitors. Deboki Chakravarti, Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2021 The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory has eight or nine corpse flower tubers. Brittany Trang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 July 2021 Last year’s corpse flower bloom was livestreamed on YouTube, but this year will be different since most museums and botanical gardens in Los Angeles have reopened to full capacity. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2021 Plant lovers will once again be able to visit the corpse flower at the Huntington. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2021 Leyva’s corpse flower was on display in a simple 25-gallon bucket for two days while the plant was in full bloom. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2021 Yet somehow, the corpse flower is one of the most fascinating and revered flowers on earth. Aj Willingham, CNN, 15 Apr. 2021 As of noon on Friday the corpse flower was open but its scent was not yet at full potency. Karl J. P. Smith, Scientific American, 29 July 2016 But despite the corpse flower’s fame, its future is uncertain. Doug Johnson, Wired, 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of corpse flower

1938, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

20 Sep 2021

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“Corpse flower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corpse%20flower. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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