stephanotis

stephanotis

[stef-uh-noh-tis]
noun
any vine belonging to the genus Stephanotis, of the milkweed family, having fragrant, waxy, white flowers and leathery leaves.

Origin:
1865–70; < Neo-Latin < Greek stephanōtís (feminine adj.) fit for a crown, derivative of stéphanos (masculine) crown

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stephanotis (ˌstɛfəˈnəʊtɪs)
 
n
any climbing asclepiadaceous shrub of the genus Stephanotis, esp S. floribunda, of Madagascar and Malaya: cultivated for their fragrant white waxy flowers
 
[C19: via New Latin from Greek: fit for a crown, from stephanos a crown]

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