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passionflower

[pash-uh n-flou-er] /ˈpæʃ ənˌflaʊ ər/
noun
1.
any chiefly American climbing vine or shrub of the genus Passiflora, having showy flowers and a pulpy berry or fruit that in some species is edible.
Origin of passionflower
1605-1615
1605-15; translation of New Latin flōs passiōnis flower of the Passion; so named because the parts of the flower were imagined as symbolic of the objects and events of Christ's Passion
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  • She has trailed the passionflower wi' her ain hands until it is nourishing.

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for passionflower

passionflower

/ˈpæʃənˌflaʊə/
noun
1.
any passifloraceous plant of the tropical American genus Passiflora, cultivated for their red, yellow, greenish, or purple showy flowers: some species have edible fruit See also granadilla
Word Origin
C17: so called from the alleged resemblance between parts of the flower and the instruments of Christ's crucifixion
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