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[ klem-uh-tis, kli-mat-is ]
/ ˈklɛm ə tɪs, klɪˈmæt ɪs /


any of numerous plants or woody vines of the genus Clematis, including many species cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.

Nearby words

cleistogamy, cleistothecium, cleland, clem, clemastine fumarate, clematis, clemenceau, clemenceau, georges, clemency, clemens, clemens, roger

Origin of clematis

1545–55; < Latin < Greek klēmatís name of several climbing plants Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clematis


/ (ˈklɛmətɪs, kləˈmeɪtɪs) /


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 for clematis

C16: from Latin, from Greek klēmatis climbing plant, brushwood, from klēma twig
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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).

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