American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various ornamental, mostly climbing plants of the genus Clematis, native chiefly to northern temperate regions and having showy, variously colored flowers or decorative fruit clusters.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, mostly herbaceous climbers. natural order Ranunculaceæ. There are many species, natives of temperate climates. The flowers are without petals, but the sepals are petaloid and often large and brightly colored. The fruit is a head of many achenia, with long bearded styles. C. Vitalba is a common species of Europe, known as traveler's-joy, virgin's-bower, or old-man's-beard, which runs over hedges, loading them first with its copious clusters of white blossoms, and afterward with its plumose-tailed, silky heads. The virgin's-bower of the United States, C. Virginiana, is a similar species. There are many forms in cultivation, with large flowers of various colors, mostly varieties or hybrids that have been obtained from
C. Viticellaof Europe, C. lanuginosa of China, and the Japanese species C. florida, C. azurea, and C. Fortunei.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of the genus Clematis.
- n. botany Any plant of the genus Clematis, vigorous climbing lianas found throughout the temperate zones.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of flowering plants, of many species, mostly climbers, having feathery styles, which greatly enlarge in the fruit; -- called also
- n. any of various ornamental climbing plants of the genus Clematis usually having showy flowers
- Latin clēmatis, a creeping plant, from Greek klēmatis, from klēma, klēmat-, twig. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Bookboxed – the clematis is one of the stars of the garden, it’s true.”
“The additional trees and shrubs in flower are the tamarisk, altheas, Venetian sumach, pomegranates, the beautiful passion-flower, the trumpet flower, and the virgin's bower or clematis, which is such a quick and handsome climber.”
“And the only drawback to climbing roses is their bare legs; I use their woody-stemmed canes as living supports for loose-limbed, delicate vines such as clematis, love-in-a-puff and sweet peas or I plant perennials or shrubs in front of them.”
“Their only draw back is their bare legs so I use the woody-stemmed canes of the roses as living supports for loose-limbed, delicate vines such as clematis, love-in-a puff, honeysuckle and sweet peas.”
“Spirea Van Houttii, best known as Bridal Wreath, we might include and a few of the hardy vines if a trellis or other support was given for them, such as clematis paniculata, coccinea and jackmani, the large purple and white honeysuckle, Chinese matrimony vine, etc.”
Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916 Embracing the Transactions of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society,Volume 44, from December 1, 1915, to December 1, 1916, Including the Twelve Numbers of "The Minnesota Horticulturist" for 1916
“A quick rush of embarrassment flooded to the Majors cheeks and he smoothed helplessly at the lap of his crimson, clematis-covered housecoat with hands that felt like spades.”
“He started fumbling for the pockets of his trousers, which were somewhere under the clematis.”
“A black and yellow Monarch glided over the trellis, fluttering its wings as it perched on the clematis leaf.”
“My eyes fixed on a cocoon attached to the bottom side of a green clematis leaf winding around the trellis.”
“I fired off an email to the Board and the Landscape Committee demanding an apology and suggesting that I should be reimbursed for the plants that I can replace (the clematis cannot be replaced …).”
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