rafflesia

noun raf·fle·sia \ 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

Origin and Etymology of rafflesia

New Latin, from Sir Stamford Raffles †1826 English colonial administrator


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