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[klem-uh-tis, kli-mat-is] /ˈklɛm ə tɪs, klɪˈmæt ɪs/
any of numerous plants or woody vines of the genus Clematis, including many species cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin of clematis
1545-55; < Latin < Greek klēmatís name of several climbing plants Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clematis
  • Nature has a place for the wild clematis as well as for the cabbage.
  • Decorative trellises dotting the garden are home to climbing roses, clematis, and sweet peas.
  • The monkeys also rub their fur with clematis-vine stems and piper-plant leaves.
  • It's now the perfect time to put this award-winning clematis in the ground.
  • My autumn-blooming clematis climbed to the top of my fence and up into my pine tree.
  • Q--Portions of my healthy clematis vines suddenly yellow.
  • Deer wander in to nip buds off the roses, the peonies, the clematis vine.
  • Of course, the queen of all perennial climbing vines is clematis, which deserves a full dissertation.
  • Eliminate clematis before flowers turn into puffballs of seeds.
British Dictionary definitions for clematis


/ˈklɛmətɪs; kləˈmeɪtɪs/
any N temperate ranunculaceous climbing plant or erect shrub of the genus Clematis, having plumelike fruits. Many species are cultivated for their large colourful flowers See also traveller's joy
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek klēmatis climbing plant, brushwood, from klēma twig
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Word Origin and History for clematis



plant genus, 1550s, "periwinkle," from Latin Clematis, from Greek klematis, in Dioscorides as the name of a climbing or trailing plant (OED says probably the periwinkle) with long and lithe branches, diminutive of klema "vine-branch, shoot or twig broken off" (for grafting), from klan "to break" (see clastic).

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