Definition of clematis in English:


Pronunciation /ˈklɛmətɪs//kləˈmeɪtɪs/


  • A climbing plant of the buttercup family which bears white, pink, or purple flowers and feathery seeds. Several kinds are cultivated as ornamentals.

    Genus Clematis, family Ranunculaceae

    • ‘Clematis alpina is usually among the earliest clematis to bloom in the spring.’
    • ‘A few days later and the squashed plants have recovered, the trellis doesn't look quite so glaringly new and the clematis is about to flower.’
    • ‘Of note is the purple clematis which climbs up the wall.’
    • ‘Wisteria and clematis vines cover the arbors, while Boston ivy and trumpet vines link the two levels.’
    • ‘Plant climbing flowers like morning glories or clematis at the foot of the arch.’


Latin (also denoting the periwinkle), from Greek klēmatis, from klēma ‘vine branch’.