- 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
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Examples from the Web for liana
Mamoon and his second wife, Liana, hope it will revive his reputation, and “prompt the reissuing of his books in forty languages.”
To an extent, such ambitions are complementary, yet Liana is not interested in “extreme biography.”
He then slaps and punches another woman, Liana Kanelli, from the Communist Party, across the face—three times.10 Live TV Brawls (VIDEO)
July 15, 2012
The man erect had, tied to his waistbelt by a piece of liana, a skull.The Pools of Silence
H. de Vere Stacpoole
The red-robed papaloi was fumbling with a rope that hung from a liana.The Voodoo Gold Trail
In the apartment which adjoined Liana's they found her piano-forte open.
Liana turned, and saw her hastily and violently drying her eyes.
Liana, as a daughter and a lover, retouched all his hopes with her own.
- any of various woody climbing plants mainly of tropical forests
C19: changed from earlier liane (through influence of French lier to bind), from French, of obscure origin