Definition of Rafflesia

1. n. A genus of stemless, leafless plants, living parasitically upon the roots and stems of grapevines in Malaysia. The flowers have a carrionlike odor, and are very large, in one species (Rafflesia Arnoldi) having a diameter of two or three feet.



Definition of Rafflesia

1. Noun. (botany) Any of several large parasitic plants, of the genus ''Rafflesia'', from South East Asia, that have no roots, stems or leaves; ''Rafflesia arnoldii'' has the largest known flower with a diameter of over a yard. ¹

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Definition of Rafflesia

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Medical Definition of Rafflesia

1. A genus of stemless, leafless plants, living parasitically upon the roots and stems of grapevines in Malaysia. The flowers have a carrionlike odour, and are very large, in one species (Rafflesia Arnoldi) having a diameter of two or three feet. Origin: NL. Named from its discoverer, Sir S. Raffle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Rafflesia

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1. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge edited by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"His "Life and Remains" was edited by his widow (4to, 1830). rafflesia, a remarkable genus of ... The species of rafflesia are all natives of Sumatra and ..."

2. Recreations in Physical Geography, Or, The Earth as it is by Rosina Maria Zornlin (1840)
"The rafflesia arnoldi is a native of Sumatra, and is a plant without stem or leaves, ... A second species, the rafflesia ..."

3. Plant-geography Upon a Physiological Basis by Andreas Franz Wilhelm Schimper (1903)
"rafflesia. Loranthaceae. i. DISTRIBUTION OF THE TROPICAL RAIN-FOREST. IN his map showing the distribution of precipitation according to the seasons, ..."

4. The Universe: Or, The Infinitely Great and the Infinitely Little by Félix-Archimède Pouchet (1884)
"... and one shades of difference, those whose sense of smell is sharpened by practice can distinguish that of each species. 201. Flowers of rafflesia ..."

5. The Great World's Farm: Some Account of Nature's Crops and how They are Grown by Selina Gaye (1900)
"The largest known blossom, however, is that of the extraordinary rafflesia Arnoldi, a native of Java and Sumatra, which, much more truly than even the ..."

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