• WordNet 3.6
    • n clematis any of various ornamental climbing plants of the genus Clematis usually having showy flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Clematis klĕm"ȧ*tĭs (Bot) A genus of flowering plants, of many species, mostly climbers, having feathery styles, which greatly enlarge in the fruit; -- called also virgin's bower.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clematis A genus of plants, mostly herbaceous climbers. natural order Ranunculaceæ. There are many species, natives of temperate climates. The flowers are without petals, but the sepals are petaloid and often large and brightly colored. The fruit is a head of many achenia, with long bearded styles. C. Vitalba is a common species of Europe, known as traveler's-joy, virgin's-bower, or old-man's-beard, which runs over hedges, loading them first with its copious clusters of white blossoms, and afterward with its plumose-tailed, silky heads. The virgin's-bower of the United States, C. Virginiana, is a similar species. There are many forms in cultivation, with large flowers of various colors, mostly varieties or hybrids that have been obtained from C. Viticella of Europe, C. lanuginosa of China, and the Japanese species C. florida, C. azurea, and C. Fortunei.
    • n clematis [lowercase] A plant of the genus Clematis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clematis klem′a-tis a creeping plant, called also Virgin's Bower and Traveller's Joy.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. klhmati`s brushwood, also (from its long, lithe branches) clematis. fr. klh^ma twig, shoot, fr. kla^n to break off
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. klēmatisklēma, a twig.


In literature:

Clematis Henry's (pure white).
"Your Plants" by James Sheehan
Nature has a place for the wild clematis as well as for the cabbage.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
Moreover, climbing over the picturesque, bay-windowed house, was such a clematis!
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Ranunculaceae Clematis Flower-bud Sepals.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
But nearly every night it whizzed by on the way to town, and Arethusa watched for it in the shadow of the clematis vine.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
It was when going through a valley, which the country folks called "the bottom," that they saw the clematis.
"A Missionary Twig" by Emma L. Burnett
It had a good many creepers over the walls, roses and honeysuckle and clematis, and the garden was beautifully neat.
"A Christmas Posy" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
Snow if she might take care of her, for she had come to love little Clematis, and Clematis loved her in return.
"Clematis" by Bertha B. Cobb
The Freia-motif, the motif of beauty, clambers upward like a dewy branch of wild clematis.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
There were two or three young elms and some alders on the island, and the alders were full of clematis just coming into bloom.
"Betty Leicester" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Yellowish clematis River-banks; Pa., N. Y.
"Harper's Young People, May 18, 1880" by Various
Was woven of shining smilax, trumpet-vine, Clematis, and the wild white eglantine.
"English Synonyms and Antonyms" by James Champlin Fernald
Mrs. Streatham used her friends and acquaintances much as a clematis uses the wires or trellis put up for it.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
In this green shadow, the clematis swings.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
It was a rustic two-story frame cottage, with a long porch in front, all overgrown with honeysuckles, clematis, woodbine and wild roses.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The house is old, turreted like a chateau, overgrown with clematis and passion-flower.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
The wild clematis is the fairest maiden of the woodland.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
Such a lovely house, half covered with purple clematis and Virginia creeper, and a dear little chapel, and beautiful grounds!
"A Life Sentence" by Adeline Sergeant
Clematis hid her face among the vine leaves, feeling that the palace was no longer a fit home for a delicate, high-born flower like herself.
"Lulu's Library, Volume II" by Louisa M. Alcott
Here and there was an old well sweep, then a long line of stone wall covered with Virginia creeper or clematis.
"Helen Grant's Schooldays" by Amanda M. Douglas

In poetry:

Grey smoke of ancient clematis
Towards the silver birch inclined,
And deep in thorny fastnesses
The coral bryony entwined.
"The Log Fire" by Fay Inchfawn
The wild gourd clambers free
Where the clematis was wont;
Where nenuphars waxed thick as stars
Rank weeds stagnate the font.
"In An Old Garden" by Madison Julius Cawein
The hedge-rows wear a veil
    Of glistening spider threads,
And in the trees along the brook
The clematis, like whiffs of smoke,
    Its faded garland spreads.
"Top of The Hill" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Gla. Good fellow servant, honest Clematis.
Let me conclude thy tedious tale with this;
I say the restlesse sea and flitting winde,
Are constant in respect of women kinde.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act III" by Ralph Knevet
Whose hopes are so low they are comfortable —
The humpback in his small, washed cottage
Under the spokes of the clematis.
Is there no great love, only tenderness?
Does the sea
"Mystic" by Sylvia Plath
Time and the bell have buried the day,
The black cloud carries the sun away.
Will the sunflower turn to us, will the clematis
Stray down, bend to us; tendril and spray
Clutch and cling?
"Four Quartets 1: Burnt Norton" by T S Eliot

In news:

Clematis by Night favorite The Evil Monkeys will return to the weekly Centennial Square celebration this Thursday.
My Aunt Barbara and Uncle David's Beautiful Clematis Flower.
Hamburger Heaven lands on West Palm Beach's Clematis Street.
Virgin's bower (Clematis virginiana Courtesy Phillip Merritt / September 3, 2012 ).
Western clematis is also known as old man's beard.
Shown here is the clematis at the Chatonniere garden in the Loire Valley.
Shown here is the clematis at the Chatonniere garden in the Loire Valley .
The Clematis drummondii vine has naturalized itself in protected areas throughout the Southwest.
Noxious Weed Law or not, Chinese Clematis growing unchecked.
Asian grill and dessert bar officially open for business on Clematis Street.
8 pm Saturday, August 25, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St, West Palm Beach.
30 pm Saturday, February 18, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St, West Palm Beach.
Clematis Street a draw for CityPlace tenants.
1100 Clematis Ave Pleasantville, NJ 08232.
Clematis is called the queen of climbing vines, but her highness needs a yearly pruning to bestow those masses of flowers.