One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the genus Passiflora (family Passifloraceae), comprising the passion flowers; a passion flower. Also (in form Passiflora): the genus itself.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in James Lee (1715–1795), nurseryman. From post-classical Latin Passiflora from classical Latin pass-, as stem of passiō + flōr-, flōs. Compare post-classical Latin flos passionis flower of the Passion. Compare French passiflore.
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