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clematis

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noun cle·ma·tis \ˈkle-mə-təs; kli-ˈma-təs, -ˈmā-, -ˈmä-\

Simple Definition of clematis

  • : a climbing plant that has large pink, purple, red, or white flowers

Full Definition of clematis

  1. :  any of a genus (Clematis) of vines or herbs of the buttercup family often having three leaflets on each leaf and usually white, red, pink, or purple flowers

Origin of clematis

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, from Greek klēmatis brushwood, clematis, from klēmat-, klēma twig, from klan to break — more at clast


First Known Use: 1578


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