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snailflower

[sneyl-flou-er] /ˈsneɪlˌflaʊ ər/
noun
1.
a tropical vine, Vigna caracalla, of the legume family, having fragrant, yellowish or purplish flowers, a segment of which is shaped like a snail's shell.
Also called corkscrew flower.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; snail + flower
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