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raf•fle•sia



Pronunciation: (ru-flē'zhu, -zhē-u, -zē-u, ra-), [key]
n.
any stemless, leafless, parasitic plant of the genus Rafflesia, of the Malay Peninsula and Republic of Indonesia, characterized by apetalous flowers, measuring 3 in.–3 ft. (8 cm–90 cm) in diameter, that exude a putrid odor: now greatly reduced in number.

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