Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various climbing, woody, usually tropical vines.

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  • noun A climbing woody vine, usually tropical.

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of French liane, probably from lier, to bind, from Old French; see liable.]

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  • "'...when we were both felled to the ground by what at first I took to be a heavy branch or rather liana; yet the liana writhed with great force and I quickly perceived that it was in fact an enormous serpent that had fallen from a tree...'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 190–191

    February 21, 2008