[ pash-uhn-flou-er ]
/ ˈpæʃ ənˌflaʊ ər /
any chiefly American climbing vine or shrub of the genus Passiflora, having showy flowers and a pulpy berry or fruit that in some species is edible.
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Origin of passionflower
1605–15; translation of New Latin flōs passiōnis flower of the Passion; so named because the parts of the flower were imagined as symbolic of the objects and events of Christ's Passion
Words nearby passionflower
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Example sentences from the Web for passionflower
She has trailed the passionflower wi' her ain hands until it is nourishing.Willy Reilly|William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for passionflower
/ (ˈpæʃənˌflaʊə) /
any passifloraceous plant of the tropical American genus Passiflora, cultivated for their red, yellow, greenish, or purple showy flowers: some species have edible fruitSee also granadilla
Word Origin for passionflower
C17: so called from the alleged resemblance between parts of the flower and the instruments of Christ's crucifixion
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