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clematis

[klem-uh-tis, kli-mat-is] /ˈklɛm ə tɪs, klɪˈmæt ɪs/
noun
1.
any of numerous plants or woody vines of the genus Clematis, including many species cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin of clematis
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin < Greek klēmatís name of several climbing plants
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  • clematis listened to every word, and when it was finished she sat down with a sigh.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • “Take her downstairs now, clematis,” said Miss Rose, coming in.

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

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • Now it was harder than ever for clematis to stick to her work.

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

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • So the conductor took the two bags, while clematis carried the box.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • There clematis could see the fields, and the flowers, which grew close by the tracks.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • There was so much to see, that clematis could not take her face from the window a minute.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • All the way along, clematis could see the blue mountains in the distance.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • As clematis came up, Betty put her head down, and shook her horns.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for clematis

clematis

/ˈklɛmətɪs; kləˈmeɪtɪs/
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 flowers See also traveller's joy
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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