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[lee-ah-nuh, -an-uh] /liˈɑ nə, -ˈæn ə/
any of various usually woody vines that may climb as high as the tree canopy in a tropical forest.
Also, liane
[lee-ahn] /liˈɑn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of liana
1790-1800; earlier liannes (plural), apparently misspelling of French lianes, plural of liane, derivative of lier to bind; spelling with -a is Latinized or pseudo-Spanish
Related forms
lianoid, adjective Unabridged
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  • "The little one, too, still thinks of the beautiful Sunday at Lilar," said liana.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2) Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
  • The man erect had, tied to his waistbelt by a piece of liana, a skull.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • He had hitherto experienced from all his loved ones too little opposition, as liana had too much; both extremes injure one.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2) Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
  • The red-robed papaloi was fumbling with a rope that hung from a liana.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail Walter Walden
  • Albano's dream was fulfilled; he loved liana in realty as he had loved her in imagination.

  • He gazed upon it tenderly, and said again and again, "Dear liana!"

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2) Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
  • liana thanked the gardener before she came to the blossoms; then she praised them and his pains.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2) Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
British Dictionary definitions for liana


any of various woody climbing plants mainly of tropical forests
Derived Forms
lianoid, adjective
Word Origin
C19: changed from earlier liane (through influence of French lier to bind), from French, of obscure origin
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liana in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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