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[klem-uh-tis, kli-mat-is] /ˈklɛm ə tɪs, klɪˈmæt ɪs/
any of numerous plants or woody vines of the genus Clematis, including many species cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin of clematis
1545-55; < Latin < Greek klēmatís name of several climbing plants Unabridged
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  • He smiled to see the clematis unfolding its punctual wings about the porch.

    The Touchstone Edith Wharton
  • The young woman who had let clematis in, came to the table near the door.

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

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • clematis stared about at the other children all this time, and wondered what they were doing.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • The verdure was rank, and luxuriant trees and marble tombs alike were festooned with clematis and jasmine.

    Atm Caroline Augusta Frazer
  • clematis followed the other children up the stairs to the sleeping rooms.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • clematis washed her face and 46 hands, brushed her hair, and cleaned her teeth carefully.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • clematis gathered the clothes together, but she was not happy.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • How would you like to take a long walk this afternoon, clematis?

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • They nodded to clematis, as she watched them with sleepy eyes.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for clematis


/ˈklɛmətɪs; kləˈmeɪtɪs/
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



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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