liana

noun

li·​a·​na lē-ˈä-nə How to pronounce liana (audio) -ˈa- How to pronounce liana (audio)
variants or less commonly liane
: any of various usually woody vines especially of tropical rainforests that root in the ground

Examples of liana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The warming of low-elevation tropical forests is driving lianas to strangle trees. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 Sliding doors lead to three bedrooms that overlook a dense tangle of fig trees and lianas — a small patch of native forest, conserved by local authorities in an otherwise cramped development. Michael Snyder Pedro Kok, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Famously, the liana is one of the two main ingredients in a ritual drink called ayahuasca, which can induce hallucinations or an altered state of mind. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 16 May 2022 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

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Word History

Etymology

French liane

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of liana was in 1796

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“Liana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liana. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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liana

noun
li·​a·​na lē-ˈän-ə How to pronounce liana (audio) -ˈan-ə How to pronounce liana (audio)
: any of various usually woody vines especially of tropical rain forests that root in the ground

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