passion flower

passionflower

[pash-uhn-flou-er]
noun
any chiefly American climbing vine or shrub of the genus Passiflora, having showy flowers and a pulpy berry or fruit that in some species is edible.

Origin:
1605–15; translation of Neo-Latin flōs passiōnis flower of the Passion; so named because the parts of the flower were imagined as symbolic of the objects and events of Christ's Passion

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passionflower (ˈpæʃənˌflaʊə)
 
n
See also granadilla any passifloraceous plant of the tropical American genus Passiflora, cultivated for their red, yellow, greenish, or purple showy flowers: some species have edible fruit
 
[C17: so called from the alleged resemblance between parts of the flower and the instruments of Christ's crucifixion]

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