clematis [ klem- uh-tis, kli- mat-is] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun any of numerous plants or woody vines of the genus Clematis, including many species cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers. Origin of clematis 1545–55; < Latin < Greek klēmatís name of several climbing plants
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Examples from the Web for clematis Historical Examples of clematis Clematis listened to every word, and when it was finished she sat down with a sigh.
“Take her downstairs now,
Clematis,” said Miss Rose, coming in.
Jane took in a long breath of the fragrance, and smiled at
Now it was harder than ever for
Clematis to stick to her work.
That was all she said before
Clematis went to bed, but Clematis cried quietly a long, long time. British Dictionary definitions for clematis noun any N temperate ranunculaceous climbing plant or erect shrub of the genus Clematis, having plumelike fruits. Many species are cultivated for their large colourful flowers See also traveller's joy Word Origin for clematis
C16: from Latin, from Greek
klēmatis climbing plant, brushwood, from klēma twig
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Word Origin and History for clematis n.
plant genus, 1550s, "periwinkle," from Latin
Clematis, from Greek klematis, in Dioscorides as the name of a climbing or trailing plant (OED says probably the periwinkle) with long and lithe branches, diminutive of klema "vine-branch, shoot or twig broken off" (for grafting), from klan "to break" (see clastic).
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