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clematis

[klem-uh-tis, kli-mat-is]
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noun
  1. any of numerous plants or woody vines of the genus Clematis, including many species cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.
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Origin of clematis

1545–55; < Latin < Greek klēmatís name of several climbing plants
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  • All the way along, Clematis could see the blue mountains in the distance.

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  • Clematis listened to every word, and when it was finished she sat down with a sigh.

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  • “Take her downstairs now, Clematis,” said Miss Rose, coming in.

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  • Jane took in a long breath of the fragrance, and smiled at Clematis.

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  • That was all she said before Clematis went to bed, but Clematis cried quietly a long, long time.

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British Dictionary definitions for clematis

clematis

noun
  1. any N temperate ranunculaceous climbing plant or erect shrub of the genus Clematis, having plumelike fruits. Many species are cultivated for their large colourful flowersSee also traveller's joy
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin, from Greek klēmatis climbing plant, brushwood, from klēma twig
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Word Origin and History for clematis

Clematis

n.

plant genus, 1550s, "periwinkle," from Latin Clematis, from Greek klematis, in Dioscorides as the name of a climbing or trailing plant (OED says probably the periwinkle) with long and lithe branches, diminutive of klema "vine-branch, shoot or twig broken off" (for grafting), from klan "to break" (see clastic).

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