Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various chiefly tropical tendril-bearing vines of the genus Passiflora, having large showy flowers with a fringelike crown and a conspicuous stalk bearing the stamens and pistil.

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  • noun any of very many North American vines, of the family Passifloraceae, that bear edible fruit, called passion fruit.
  • noun the flower of this plant

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

  • noun any of various chiefly tropical American vines some bearing edible fruit

Etymologies

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

[So called because various parts were thought to recall the Passion—the filamentous corona being likened to the crown of thorns, the five anthers to the five wounds inflicted on Jesus, and the three bulbous stigmata of the pistils to the three nails used in the Crucifixion, for example .]

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passion +‎ flower; from the number of its various parts, thought to be symbolic of Christ's passion

Examples

  • The name passionflower may give you the wrong impression of this calming herb, which I consider to be one of the best herbal remedies for anxiety and insomnia.

    The Chemistry of Calm

  • Usually passionflower is also involved; those are the two ingredients that will indeed knock you out.

    2010 January | Tea Derivations

  • Usually passionflower is also involved; those are the two ingredients that will indeed knock you out.

    get some zzz’s (Republic of Tea) | Tea Derivations

  • • Try a relaxing herbal supplement such as passionflower, hops and lemon balm.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • On the wall, a passionflower, glowing like an icon.

    The Memory Palace

  • I still paint a picture of it every year: Passiflora, the passionflower.

    The Memory Palace

  • On the wall, a passionflower, glowing like an icon.

    The Memory Palace

  • I still paint a picture of it every year: Passiflora, the passionflower.

    The Memory Palace

  • Internet and book research indicates that ingesting passionflower can increase levels of the sleep-friendly neurotransmitter GABA.

    David Wolfe: Sleep Deeper With Better Nutrition

  • Wednesday, December 24, 2008 passion on ice i'm pretty sure if my passionflower vine were capable of thought, it would be thinking, "wtf?" we're off to indiana for the next 12 days, so blog entries may be even spottier than usual. rest assured, i will post many, many photos upon my return.

    Archive 2008-12-01

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