carrion-flower love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to various plants the flowers of which have an offensive carrion-like odor, especially to species of the genus Stapelia and to Smilax herbacea.


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  • "Marriage is that!" said he to a friend, -- and held up a carrion-flower.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865

  • Strange that so close an observer as Burroughs or Thoreau should not have credited the carrion-flower with being something more intelligent than a mere repellent freak!

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

  • The flesh-fly laying its eggs on the carrion-flower is only a striking instance of the mistakes all instincts are liable to, never more markedly than in the inherited tendency to fits of frenzied excitement: the feeling is frequently excited by the wrong object, and explodes at inopportune moments.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • Smilax herbacea (carrion-flower), not uncommon both years.

    The Maine Woods

  • So the putrid smell of the stapelia, or carrion-flower, allures the large flesh-fly to deposit its young worms on its beautiful petals, which perish there for want of nourishment.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life


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