rafflesia

noun
raf·​fle·​sia | \ rə-ˈflē-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce rafflesia (audio) , 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

Examples of rafflesia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rafflesia belongs to a parasitic genus native to Southeast Asia, and so far scientists have failed to grow one outside of its native range. Kristy Totten, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of rafflesia

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rafflesia

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

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The first known use of rafflesia was in 1830

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“Rafflesia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rafflesia. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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