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[sis-uh s]
  1. any of numerous tropical and subtropical vines of the genus Cissus, including the grape ivy and the kangaroo vine.
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Origin of cissus

< New Latin < Greek kissós ivy
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Historical Examples of cissus

  • Cissus, it is probable, belonged to Cisseus, who is mentioned by the poet.

    The Geography of Strabo, Volume I (of 3)


  • The genus Cissus, to which belong many southern climbers, is combined with Vitis by some botanists.

  • It is evident that Nuttall was in doubt as to the distinguishing characters between Vitis and the allied genus, Cissus.

British Dictionary definitions for cissus


  1. any plant of the climbing genus Cissus, some species of which, esp the kangaroo vine (C. antarctica) from Australia, are grown as greenhouse or house plants for their shiny green or mottled leaves: family Vitaceae
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Word Origin for cissus

New Latin, from Greek kissos ivy
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