liana

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n liana a woody climbing usually tropical plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Liana (Bot) A luxuriant woody plant, climbing high trees and having ropelike stems. The grapevine often has the habit of a liane. Lianes are abundant in the forests of the Amazon region.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Liana li-an′a a general name for the woody, climbing, and twining plants in tropical forests.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. liane,; prob. akin to lien, a band, fr. L. ligamen, fr. ligare, to bind. Cf. Lien (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. lianelier, to bind—L. ligāre, to bind.

Usage

In literature:

Tree is woven to tree by a network of mighty lianas.
"Across the Equator" by Thomas H. Reid
The long lianas that reach in dreamy rout from tree to tree Are dazed with the sense of sap that he calls to the tangle of their sprays.
"Many Gods" by Cale Young Rice
My favourite haunt was opposite the hamlet, where was a landing in a cove under a lianaed cliff.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She hung there, swaying slightly and sickeningly, as the loose lianas gave to her weight.
"The Planet Savers" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Reeds, lianas, exotic flowers, and huge old trees that grow nowhere else in the country flourish in this region.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
To these lianas (species of which yield one kind of the rubber of commerce) is due largely the weird aspect of the forest.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
The lianas hung all about; birds glided from limb to limb.
"The Voodoo Gold Trail" by Walter Walden
But all was still; not a long rope-like liana quivering, no leaf crushed.
"Commodore Junk" by George Manville Fenn
Charter halted suddenly at the edge of the stricken lianas, grasping Paula's arm.
"She Buildeth Her House" by Will Comfort
O where dwellest thou, good Liana?
"Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)" by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
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In poetry:

The long lianas that reach in dreamy rout from tree to tree
Are dazed with the sense of sap that he calls to the tangle of their sprays.
The scarlet-hearted hibiscus stands entranced and the torrid bee
Is husht upon its rim, as in amaze
"In A Tropical Garden" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Liana Aghajanian is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.
Liana is a teenage science geek who has dedicated her summer vacation to studying space and the stars rather than kissing boys, her previous addictive hobby.
Annie (Liana Liberato) is a typical 14-year-old suburbanite.
Liana Lupas appears in the following.
Melissa Pregi sent this picture of her, daughter, Liana , on her first day in kindergarten at West Boulevard in Boardman in September 2003.
Melissa Pregi sent this picture of her, daughter, Liana , with her teacher, Mrs Nadzam, on her first day in kindergarten at West Boulevard in Boardman in September 2003.
MORENCI — Liana Jo Corrin, 54, of Morenci passed away Sept 25, 2012.
Are you pumped for Liana 's debut album.
Liana Aghajanian is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.
She was the daughter of the late Joseph Lavalle and Liana (Lavalle) Laberge.
LiAna Gonzales is the senior producer for 3TV's consumer and investigative unit, 3 On Your Side.
LiAna has been with KTVK-3TV for nearly 10-years.
Seventeen-year-old Liana Gandarillas attends Clark College full time through the Running Start dual-enrollment program.
Assistant coach Liana Shull said the Silver title is equivalent to third place in last weekend's.
Jonathan Stempel and Liana B Baker Reuters.
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