[ruh-flee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh, ra-] /rəˈfli ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə, ræ-/
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 feet (8 cm–90 cm) in diameter, that exude a putrid odor: now greatly reduced in number.
any of various tropical Asian parasitic leafless plants constituting the genus Rafflesia, esp R. arnoldi, the flowers of which grow up to 45 cm (18 inches) across, smell of putrid meat, and are pollinated by carrion flies: family Rafflesiaceae
genus of Malaysian plants, 1820, named for Sir T. Stamford Raffles (1781-1826), British governor of Sumatra, who introduced it to the West. He reports the native name was petimum sikinlili “Devil’s betel-box.”
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[rah-fee-nesk] /ˌrɑ fiˈnɛsk/ noun 1. Constantine Samuel, 1783–1840, U.S. naturalist, born in Turkey.
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[rahf-sahn-jah-nee] /ˌrɑf sɑnˈdʒɑ ni/ noun 1. Hojatolislam Ali Akbar Hashemi, born 1935, president of Iran 1989–97. /ˌræfsænˈdʒɑːnɪ/ noun 1. Hojatoleslam Hashemi Ali Akbar. born 1934, Iranian politician: president of Iran (1989–97)