stephanotis

[stef-uh-noh-tis]
noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples of stephanotis

  • Perhaps it was because she was so different from the woman who was always steeped in stephanotis.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • The faintest whiff of stephanotis came to her on the lazy summer air.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Allis knew who the friends were; the clinging touch of stephanotis had come with him.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Is there—I'm sure there is not—any mention of the negotiation with Stephanotis Bey?'

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • He tempts him with a promise of this Stephanotis bug, and off goes uncle, willingly.

    The Mark of Cain

    Carolyn Wells


British Dictionary definitions for stephanotis

stephanotis

noun
  1. 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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