any of a large genus (Cleome) of mostly tropical plants of the caper family, with white, pink, yellow, green, or purple flowers having stalked petals and long stamens; spider flower
Origin of cleomeModern Latin
Any of various often strong-smelling plants of the genus Cleome, native chiefly to warm regions and including several ornamentals. Also called spider flower.
Origin of cleomeNew Latin Cleome, genus name.
Formerly placed in family Capparaceae.