liane

liana

[lee-ah-nuh, -an-uh]
noun
any of various usually woody vines that may climb as high as the tree canopy in a tropical forest.
Also, liane [lee-ahn] .


Origin:
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

lianoid, adjective
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liana or liane (lɪˈɑːnə, lɪˈɑːn)
 
n
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]
 
liane or liane
 
n
 
[C19: changed from earlier liane (through influence of French lier to bind), from French, of obscure origin]
 
li'anoid or liane
 
adj

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