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[lee-ah-nuh, -an-uh]
  1. any of various usually woody vines that may climb as high as the tree canopy in a tropical forest.
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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
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Examples from the Web for lianes

Historical Examples

  • Fresh fallen trees, tied together with lianes, lay everywhere.

    At Last

    Charles Kingsley

  • The stem of the lianes shows some remarkable deviations from the normal in form and structure.

  • But it is the creepers and lianes of the tropical forests that are the most remarkable of all climbing plants.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

British Dictionary definitions for lianes


liane (lɪˈɑːn)

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

Word Origin

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