from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various parasitic plants of the genus Rafflesia of tropical Asia, having small, brownish, scalelike leaves and fleshy, apetalous, foul-smelling flowers of various sizes. The species R. arnoldii has the largest flowers among all flowering plants, often measuring up to 1 meter (approximately 40 inches) in diameter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of apetalous parasitic plants of the order Cytinaceæ and type of the tribe Rafflesieæ, characterized by a perianth of five large entire and fleshy imbricated lobes, numerous stigmas, and globose many-chambered anthers, each opening by a single pore, which form a ring at the revolute top of a column rising in the center of the flower.
New Latin, genus name, after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)