- any of several North American climbing plants of the genus Smilax, especially S. herbacea, having small white flowers with an odor of carrion.
- Also called starfish flower. any of various succulent plants of the genus Stapelia, of southern Africa, having spotted or variegated flowers often with a fetid odor.
Origin of carrion flower
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for carrion flower
July 24: Bundles of green leaves of osage orange and carrion-flower; many pods of honey locust.
- a liliaceous climbing plant, Smilax herbacea of E North America, whose small green flowers smell like decaying flesh
- any of several other plants, esp any of the genus Stapelia, whose flowers have an unpleasant odour
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