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Any of various often strong-smelling plants of the genus Cleome, native chiefly to warm regions and including several ornamentals. Also called spider flower.
[New Latin Cleome, genus name, coined by Carolus Linnaeus (perhaps with reference to the resemblance of the racemes and siliques of cleomes to those of mustards) from Late Latin cleoma, hedge mustard (Sisymbrium officinale) or a related species, probably of Greek origin and perhaps ultimately (with reference to the traditional use of hedge mustard by singers and orators as a remedy for sore throat) from Greek kleos, fame, glory, or kleiein, to tell of, make famous; see Clio.]
(Plants) any herbaceous or shrubby plant of the mostly tropical capparidaceous genus Cleome, esp C. spinosa, cultivated for their clusters of white or purplish flowers with long stamens
[C19: New Latin, of obscure origin]
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|Noun||1.||cleome - any of various often strong-smelling plants of the genus Cleome having showy spider-shaped flowers|
Cleome hassleriana, spider flower, spider plant - native to South America but naturalized in warm parts of United States; grown for its long-lasting spider-shaped white to pink-purple flowers
Cleome serrulata, Rocky Mountain bee plant, stinking clover - plant of western North America having trifoliate leaves and white or pink spider-shaped flowers; sometimes used as an ornamental
|2.||Cleome - tropical and subtropical annual or perennial herbs or low shrubs|
dilleniid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous trees and shrubs and herbs
caper family, Capparidaceae, family Capparidaceae - a dilleniid dicot family of the order Rhoeadales that includes: genera Capparis, Cleome, Crateva, and Polanisia