[klem-uh-tis, kli-mat-is]
any of numerous plants or woody vines of the genus Clematis, including many species cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.

1545–55; < Latin < Greek klēmatís name of several climbing plants Unabridged
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clematis (ˈklɛmətɪs, kləˈmeɪtɪs)
See also traveller's joy 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
[C16: from Latin, from Greek klēmatis climbing plant, brushwood, from klēma twig]

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Word Origin & History

1551, from L. Clematis, from Gk. klematis, name of some kind of climbing or trailing plant (probably the periwinkle), from klema "vine-branch."
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Example sentences
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.
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
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