pas·​sion·​flow·​er | \ ˈpa-shən-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce passionflower (audio) \

Definition of passionflower

: 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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The bird’s beak evolved to gather nectar from flowers with long tubular corollas, including a passionflower that is deeply reliant on the avian rapier for pollination. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 18 Apr. 2018 In particular, a cup of passionflower and chamomile tea can be very relaxing, says Ronald Stram, MD, founder of the Center for Integrated Health and Healing in Delmar, New York. Barbara Brody, Woman's Day, "11 Ways to Destress Before Bed," 28 Jan. 2013 Gardeners may spot sweet alyssum, passionflower and yarrow, but others probably won’t. Pete Wells, New York Times, "$250 for Dinner, Tradition Not Included, at Vespertine," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of passionflower

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for passionflower

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

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English Language Learners Definition of passionflower

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

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