Origin of clematis
Examples from the Web for clematis
I wonder if she would not like some of the clematis I saw twining about a dead tree by the pond.Autumn Leaves|Various
Still other tendrils, as those of the sweet-pea and clematis, are parts of the leaf.Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany|Douglas Houghton Campbell
Mrs. Snow came in two or three times 127 to look at Clematis, and feel her pulse.
Then she raised her pale face, and he saw that it was Clematis.
They recalled the arbour with clematis, the dresses she had worn, the furniture of her room, the whole of her house.Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for clematis
Word Origin for clematis
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).