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snailflower

[sneyl-flou-er]
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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.
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Origin of snailflower

First recorded in 1680–90; snail + flower
Also called corkscrew flower.
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