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liana

[lee-ah-nuh, -an-uh] /liˈɑ nə, -ˈæn ə/
noun
1.
any of various usually woody vines that may climb as high as the tree canopy in a tropical forest.
Also, liane
[lee-ahn] /liˈɑn/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1790-1800
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
Related forms
lianoid, adjective
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liana

/lɪˈɑːnə/
noun
1.
any of various woody climbing plants mainly of tropical forests
Derived Forms
lianoid, adjective
Word Origin
C19: changed from earlier liane (through influence of French lier to bind), from French, of obscure origin
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