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

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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“Rafflesia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rafflesia. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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