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candelabra, noun

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EnglishShow more Special senses of English; named for the shape of the plant or inflorescence.
As a qualifier, usually in the noun phrases:
1. candelabra flower: any of several species of bulbous plant of the genus Brunsvigia of the Amaryllidaceae, especially B. orientalis, bearing a large number of pinkish-red flowers on an umbel; also called sore-eye flower (sense a). See also chandelier sense 1.
1868 W.H. Harvey Genera of S. Afr. Plants 382Brunsvigia, Plants with large bulbs, popularly ‘Candelabra Flowers.’
1988 M. Branch Explore Cape Flora 32The large dry head of the candelabra flower rolls over the veld like a ball, dropping seeds as it goes.
2. candelabra euphorbia, candelabra tree: any of several cactus-like trees of the genus Euphorbia of the Euphorbiaceae, especially E. ingens. See also chandelier sense 3.
[1834 T. Pringle Afr. Sketches 209The lofty candelabra-shaped euphorbias towering above the copses of evergreens.]
1994 House & Leisure June 101The massively branched candelabra tree, Euphorbia ingens, is 10 metres high.
3. candelabra aloe: the plant Aloe candelabrum of the Liliaceae; chandelier sense 2.
1966 Lantern Sept. 23She has used the natural object as a motif...For the next, we suggested a candelabra aloe.
1986 P. Pieterse Day of Giants 72You must crush the leaves of the candelabra aloe and put the sap in the wound.
any of several species of bulbous plant of the genus Brunsvigia of the Amaryllidaceae, especially B. orientalis, bearing a large number of pinkish-red flowers on an umbel; also called sore-eye flower (sense a).
any of several cactus-like trees of the genus Euphorbia of the Euphorbiaceae, especially E. ingens.
the plant Aloe candelabrum of the Liliaceae; chandelier2.

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