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 From carnations to corpse flowers, the sheer diversity of blooms that exist today proves that this strategy was successful. Jess Romeo, Popular Science, "To remain hidden, these beetles sparkle like jewels," 15 Nov. 2019 Then there's the Titan arum, also known as the corpse flower, that is native to Indonesia and even rarer, blooming every 4-6 years for a measly 24-48 hours. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Largest Flower Absolutely Reeks," 19 Jan. 2020 But the college said a new corpse flower sprouted Tuesday. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "It’s alive! Orange Coast College ‘corpse flower’ blooms — and stinks — to life," 16 Aug. 2019 The corpse flower is only in bloom for 24 to 36 hours, so now is the time. Detroit Free Press, "Rare corpse flower blooms in Grand Rapids," 12 July 2018 The titan arum plant, otherwise known as the corpse flower, finally bloomed at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Cleveland firefighters demand chief’s ouster over campaigning for mayor: The Wake Up for Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019," 8 Aug. 2019 In 2015, Alice the Amorphophallus titanum, or titan arum, was the first of the garden’s collection of corpse flowers to fully bloom. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Corpse flower makes repeat performance — this time outdoors — at Chicago Botanic Garden," 3 July 2018 Gardeners in a glass and steel sphere step back to admire a rare corpse flower in bloom. Richard Read, chicagotribune.com, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 10 July 2019 Gardeners in a glass and steel sphere step back to admire a rare corpse flower in bloom. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 30 June 2019

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Corpse flower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corpse%20flower. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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