titan arum

noun

: the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum)
The titan arum produces the stink as it tries to attract insects to pollinate the male and female flowers it holds deep inside a pod. But the rarity of the plant—and its bloom—makes the stench worth it to horticulturists, few of whom can claim the achievement of growing one.Jeremiah Dobruck

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Amorphophallum titanum, or the titan arum, a relative of the calla lily familiar from floral arrangements. Richard Pallardy, Discover Magazine, 15 July 2021 The giant flowering titan arum plant, which can grow up to 10 feet tall and is one of the largest flowering plants in the world, is in the process of blooming at the zoo. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 27 July 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 Scientists at the historic greenhouse in Golden Gate Park said Wednesday its 5-foot-tall titan arum, commonly known as a corpse flower, is days away from blooming. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 June 2022 The Amorphophallus titanum — or titan arum, for short — is an endangered plant that grows on Indonesia’s island of Sumatra, where fewer than 1,000 plants remain in the wild. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021 The stink serves a purpose for the titan arum plant, however, attracting carrion bugs that pollinate it. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Dec. 2019 His seed came from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s titan arum plant, but the plants grow naturally only in the limestone hills of Sumatra. oregonlive.com, 10 July 2019 The titan arum plant, otherwise known as the corpse flower, finally bloomed at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, 8 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of titan arum was in 1889

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“Titan arum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titan%20arum. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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