cle·​ma·​tis | \ ˈkle-mə-təs How to pronounce clematis (audio) ; kli-ˈma-təs How to pronounce clematis (audio) , -ˈmā-, -ˈmä- \

Definition of clematis

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web This year, Ott hopes to harvest early roses, rhododendrons, azaleas, wild geranium, clematis tendrils and English bluebells. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 Celebrate the return of clematis on the greenhouse terrace. oregonlive, 8 Apr. 2022 Jack and Valente were sitting outside under a pergola heavy with potato vine and clematis. Greg Jackson, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 Mandel Public Library, 411 clematis St., West Palm Beach. Mary Lou Cruz,, 25 Oct. 2021 The more colorful clematis varieties are quite pretty but not as easy to grow. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 2 Aug. 2021 Totally unlike most clematis, this has tiny, profuse white flowers that are just starting to bloom now. oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 Wood-and-glass doors from the ’50s open onto the long roof, which is planted with small cherry trees, clematis and flowering shrubs including nandina and pittosporum. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 My favorite vines include sweet autumn clematis, which is bare in winter but regrows quickly in the spring to produce lots of small fragrant white flowers in late summer. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 2 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of clematis

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clematis

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

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“Clematis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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