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clematis

[klem-uh-tis, kli-mat-is] /ˈklɛm ə tɪs, klɪˈmæt ɪs/
noun
1.
any of numerous plants or woody vines of the genus Clematis, including many species cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin of clematis
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin < Greek klēmatís name of several climbing plants
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clematis

/ˈklɛmətɪs; kləˈmeɪtɪs/
noun
1.
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

Clematis

n.

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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