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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant of the genus Clematis, vigorous climbing lianas found throughout the temperate zones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of flowering plants, of many species, mostly climbers, having feathery styles, which greatly enlarge in the fruit; -- called also virgin's bower.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants, mostly herbaceous climbers. natural order Ranunculaceæ.
  • n. [lowercase] A plant of the genus Clematis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various ornamental climbing plants of the genus Clematis usually having showy flowers

Etymologies

Latin clēmatis, a creeping plant, from Greek klēmatis, from klēma, klēmat-, twig.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • I agree. So I just avoid saying it. Which is more difficult than you might think when it's growing in your own backyard.

    December 2, 2007

  • Well, OK, but I pronounce it cleh-MAH-tis, and I still think it sounds dirty. Even with the accent on the middle sylLAble.

    December 1, 2007

  • It sounds most dirty when you emphasize the first syllable, I think. (Some pronounce it with emphasis on the second.)

    November 30, 2007

  • This always sounded like a dirty word to me. Pretty flowers, but... don't like the word much.

    November 30, 2007