[lee-ah-nuh, -an-uh]


any of various usually woody vines that may climb as high as the tree canopy in a tropical forest.

Also li·ane [lee-ahn] /liˈɑn/.

Origin of liana

1790–1800; earlier liannes (plural), apparently misspelling of French lianes, plural of liane, derivative of lier to bind; spelling with -a is Latinized or pseudo-Spanish
Related formsli·a·noid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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liane (lɪˈɑːn)


any of various woody climbing plants mainly of tropical forests
Derived Formslianoid, adjective

Word Origin for liana

C19: changed from earlier liane (through influence of French lier to bind), from French, of obscure origin
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