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[stef-uh-noh-tis] /ˌstɛf əˈnoʊ tɪs/
any vine belonging to the genus Stephanotis, of the milkweed family, having fragrant, waxy, white flowers and leathery leaves.
Origin of stephanotis
1865-70; < New Latin < Greek stephanōtís (feminine adj.) fit for a crown, derivative of stéphanos (masculine) crown Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Perhaps it was because she was so different from the woman who was always steeped in stephanotis.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • The faintest whiff of stephanotis came to her on the lazy summer air.

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  • Allis knew who the friends were; the clinging touch of stephanotis had come with him.

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  • Is there—I'm sure there is not—any mention of the negotiation with stephanotis Bey?'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • He tempts him with a promise of this stephanotis bug, and off goes uncle, willingly.

    The Mark of Cain Carolyn Wells
  • In one hand she listlessly held a long spray of stephanotis.

  • I expect Jane Emerson was very ill after all that stephanotis!

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • "Your flowers should be stephanotis," he said, and that was all, as he followed her down the stairs.

  • For the funeral there were crosses and wreaths of white flowers, roses and stephanotis.

    A Mere Accident

    George Moore
  • A cluster of stephanotis in a low Venetian vase stood in front of that portrait, like flowers before a shrine.

    Mount Royal, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for stephanotis


any climbing asclepiadaceous shrub of the genus Stephanotis, esp S. floribunda, of Madagascar and Malaya: cultivated for their fragrant white waxy flowers
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek: fit for a crown, from stephanos a crown
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