cleome definition

  • noun:
    • some of different frequently strong-smelling plants of genus Cleome, indigenous chiefly to hot regions and including a number of ornamentals. Also known as spider flower.
    • A large genus of herbaceous and shrubby plants, natural order Capparidace√¶, natives principally of tropical America, Egypt, and Arabia. Many of the species have showy flowers, and a few are cultivated for ornament, as C. spinosa, C. rosea, etc.
    • any of various usually strong-smelling flowers regarding the genus Cleome having showy spider-shaped flowers
    • tropical and subtropical annual or perennial herbs or reduced bushes

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