passionflower

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noun pas·sion·flow·er \ˈpa-shən-ˌflau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of passionflower

  1. :  any of a genus (Passiflora of the family Passifloraceae, the passionflower family) of chiefly tropical woody tendriled climbing vines or erect herbs with usually showy flowers and pulpy often edible berries

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Origin and Etymology of passionflower

from the fancied resemblance of parts of the flower to the instruments of Christ's crucifixion


First Known Use: 1633


PASSIONFLOWER Defined for English Language Learners

passionflower

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noun pas·sion·flow·er \ˈpa-shən-ˌflau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of passionflower for English Language Learners

  • : a tall plant with large flowers and berries that are often eaten as fruit


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