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[klee-oh-mee] /kliˈoʊ mi/
any of numerous strong-smelling plants or shrubs belonging to the genus Cleome, of the caper family, mostly natives of tropical regions, and often bearing showy flowers.
Also called spider plant.
Origin of cleome
< New Latin (Linnaeus), of uncertain origin Unabridged
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  • Plants that readily reseed, such as cleome, also may sometimes be a nuisance.
British Dictionary definitions for cleome


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
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, of obscure origin
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