clematis

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

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 and Etymology 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


CLEMATIS Defined for English Language Learners

clematis

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

Definition of clematis for English Language Learners

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


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