liana

noun
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 liane (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, "We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests," 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, "These Are, Hands Down, the Best Perfumes of 2018," 25 Dec. 2015 In eight of the forested plots, every liana was severed and killed. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "Tarzan’s Favorite Mode of Travel, the Liana Vine, Chokes Off a Tree’s Ability to Bear Fruit," 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, "One Tiny Wasp Turns a Fig Tree Into a 150-Foot-High Eden," 29 Sep. 2016 In eight of the forested plots, every liana was severed and killed. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "Tarzan’s Favorite Mode of Travel, the Liana Vine, Chokes Off a Tree’s Ability to Bear Fruit," 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, "Renowned Shaman's Death by Snakebite Exposes Health Care Crisis in Amazon," 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liana. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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