Meaning of cleome in English:


Pronunciation /klɪˈəʊmi/


  • A plant of a chiefly tropical genus which includes the spider flower, noted for their long stamens.

    Genus Cleome, family Capparidaceae

    ‘Late-spring-to-frost annuals include the numerous sun coleuses, cleomes, periwinkles and zinnias.’
    • ‘Impatiens and cleomes are two longtime favorites of the summer garden.’
    • ‘Tall flowers, like cleome and tithonias, are planted on the outside of the fence, concealing the utilitarian purpose of the garden.’
    • ‘Tall, white cleome accent the center of each bed.’
    • ‘Deep red love-lies-bleeding and cherry pink cleome flank cosmos in pink and rose shades.’


Modern Latin, from Greek, denoting a different plant.