titan arum

noun

Definition of titan arum

: the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanium)
  • 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

First Known Use of titan arum

1889

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