One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A climbing plant of the buttercup family which bears white, pink, or purple flowers and feathery seeds. Several kinds are cultivated as ornamentals.
- ‘Plant climbing flowers like morning glories or clematis at the foot of the arch.’
- ‘Of note is the purple clematis which climbs up the wall.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Wisteria and clematis vines cover the arbors, while Boston ivy and trumpet vines link the two levels.’
Latin (also denoting the periwinkle), from Greek klēmatis, from klēma ‘vine branch’.
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