(redirected from lobster-claw)


Any of numerous plants in the tropical genus Heliconia, often cultivated for their showy inflorescences with bright red, orange, or yellow bracts.

[New Latin Helicōnia, genus name, coined by Carolus Linnaeus after Greek Helikōn, Helicon, the mountain in Greece where the Muses were said to dwell (in punning reference to the fact that species of the genus Heliconia resemble banana plants, classified in the closely related genus Musa).]


(Plants) any of a genus of tropical flowering plants with long flowering panicles. Also called: lobster-claw
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
the man with lobster-claw hands, and now, the man with the spinning-drill-bit proboscis.
The lobster-claw shaped shoes are so high that models were concerned they might not leave the catwalk with their ankles or reputations intact.
7 HIM OF THE POWERPUFF GIRLS With his Santa Claus jacket and fishnet hose, his finicky facial hair and lobster-claw hands, and a voice that ranges from unctuous ululation to stentorian bellow, Him makes me think that one of the Powerpuff animators took a long, loving look at the work of Jack Smith.
This classic bracelet features sterling silver rolo links secured with a lobster-claw clasp.