li·​a·​na | \ lē-ˈä-nə How to pronounce liana (audio) , -ˈa- How to pronounce liana (audio) \
variants: or less commonly liane \ lē-​ˈän How to pronounce liana (audio) , -​ˈan \

Definition of liana

: any of various usually woody vines especially of tropical rain forests that root in the ground

Examples of liana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It might be dominated by an invasive species such as lianas — the big woody vines that Tarzan swings from which can quickly take over tropical land — or molinia — a grass that spreads across the Welsh uplands after fields stop being grazed. Isabella Kaminski, Wired, 25 Dec. 2019 Aura Mugler Eau de Parfum, $75 Aura Mugler’s smoky-sweet blend comes from notes of tiger liana, rhubarb leaves, and a hint of vanilla. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, 25 Dec. 2015 In eight of the forested plots, every liana was severed and killed. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, 13 June 2017 But much of the forest canopy is spread out below, a sweeping green expanse of trees, lianas, and their inhabitants. Christian Ziegler, National Geographic, 29 Sep. 2016 In eight of the forested plots, every liana was severed and killed. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, 13 June 2017 In an impromptu rite one day during the 2002 expedition, Tepi helped prepare an infusion of psychotropic eye drops made from a mixture of water and the shavings of tree and liana bark. National Geographic, 17 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of liana

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for liana

French liane

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“Liana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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