from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Stapelia, including the starfish flower.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the genus Stapelia of low-growing succulent plants, predominantly from South Africa, and often giving off an odour of rotten flesh.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An extensive and curious genus of African plants of the natural order Asclepiadaceæ (Milkweed family). They are succulent plants without leaves, frequently covered with dark tubercles giving them a very grotesque appearance. The odor of the blossoms is like that of carrion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gamopetalous plants, of the order Asclepiadaceæ, type of the tribe Stapelieæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various plants of the genus Stapelia having succulent leafless toothed stems resembling cacti and large foul-smelling (often star-shaped) flowers
New Latin Stapelia, genus name, after Jan Bode van Stapel (died 1636), Dutch botanist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Stapelia ("genus name"). (Wiktionary)