- any of numerous plants or woody vines of the genus Clematis, including many species cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin of clematis
Examples from the Web for 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 Clematis.
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.
- any N temperate ranunculaceous climbing plant or erect shrub of the genus Clematis, having plumelike fruits. Many species are cultivated for their large colourful flowersSee also traveller's joy
Word Origin and History for clematis
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).