pas·​si·​flo·​ra | \ ˌpasəˈflōrə \

Definition of passiflora

1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Passifloraceae) of mainly tropical American and mostly tendril-bearing vines that have simple or lobed leaves and usually very showy chiefly red, white, or purple flowers with a short calyx tube, four or five petals, a corona, and numerous stamens monadelphous at base and followed by fruits which are pulpy often edible berries — see granadilla, maypop, passionflower
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Passiflora

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History and Etymology for passiflora

New Latin, from passi- (from Latin passion-, passio passion) + -flora (from Latin flor-, flos flower) (bloom)

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“Passiflora.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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