stephanotis

[ stef-uh-noh-tis ]
/ ˌstɛf əˈnoʊ tɪs /

noun

any vine belonging to the genus Stephanotis, of the milkweed family, having fragrant, waxy, white flowers and leathery leaves.

Origin of stephanotis

1865–70; < New Latin < Greek stephanōtís (feminine adj.) fit for a crown, derivative of stéphanos (masculine) crown
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stephanotis
/ (ˌstɛfəˈnəʊtɪs) /

noun

any climbing asclepiadaceous shrub of the genus Stephanotis, esp S. floribunda, of Madagascar and Malaya: cultivated for their fragrant white waxy flowers

Word Origin for stephanotis

C19: via New Latin from Greek: fit for a crown, from stephanos a crown
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