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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
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  • She gave Sophy a little nosegay of white oleander and stephanotis, and kissed her cheek in greeting.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • Perhaps it was because she was so different from the woman who was always steeped in stephanotis.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • stephanotis trailed along the railing or climbed over the trellis.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
  • Allis knew who the friends were; the clinging touch of stephanotis had come with him.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • The odor of stephanotis, mingled with the sharper perfume of carnations, seemed almost visible.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • In one hand she listlessly held a long spray of stephanotis.

  • The faintest whiff of stephanotis came to her on the lazy summer air.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • "Your flowers should be stephanotis," he said, and that was all, as he followed her down the stairs.

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

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • 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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