corpse flower

noun

variants or less commonly corpse plant
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Across the greenhouse from Rhea is another corpse flower, this one between blooms, in its own pot. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 1 Nov. 2022 The bloom is back for the rare corpse flower at Vancouver’s campus of Washington State University. oregonlive, 17 Aug. 2022 The corpse flower blooms only after 7-10 years of growth. oregonlive, 17 Aug. 2022 Three years ago, the Chicago Botanic Garden gave the corpse flower to the Queen City's zoo. Bebe Hodges, The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 2022 The corpse flower, or titan arum, is expected to bloom in about 10 days, the zoo said. Shepard Price, San Antonio Express-News, 8 July 2022 The last corpse flower that bloomed at the Huntington peaked at 98.5 inches tall. Nicole Kagan, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 The corpse flower is about to spring to life at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 27 July 2022 Where and when to see the Cincinnati Zoo's corpse flower With the scientific name Titan arum, the zoo's social media followers have lovingly nicknamed the plant Morticia. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 20 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of corpse flower was in 1938

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“Corpse flower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corpse%20flower. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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