passionflower
noun Etymology: from the fancied resemblance of parts of the flower to the instruments of Christ's crucifixion Date: 1633 any of a genus (Passiflora of the family Passifloraceae, the passionflower family) of chiefly tropical woody tendriled climbing vines or erect herbs with usually showy flowers and pulpy often edible berries

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  • passionflower — [pash′ən flou΄ər] n. [from the supposed resemblance of parts of the flowers to Jesus wounds, crown of thorns, etc.] any of a genus (Passiflora) of mostly climbing plants of the passionflower family, with red, yellow, green, white, or purple… …   English World dictionary

  • passionflower — UK [ˈpæʃ(ə)nˌflaʊə(r)] / US [ˈpæʃ(ə)nˌflaʊr] noun [countable] Word forms passionflower : singular passionflower plural passionflowers a tropical American climbing plant with large brightly coloured flowers …   English dictionary

  • passionflower — raudonžiedė pasiflora statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pasiflorinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, maistinis, prieskoninis, vaisinis, vaistinis augalas (Passiflora incarnata), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai (kvėpikliai).… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • passionflower — pasiflora statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pasiflorinių (Passifloraceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Passiflora). atitikmenys: lot. Passiflora angl. passionflower vok. Passionsblume rus. пассифлора; страстоцвет lenk. męczennica ryšiai: susijęs… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • passionflower — noun any of various chiefly tropical American vines some bearing edible fruit • Syn: ↑passionflower vine • Hypernyms: ↑vine • Hyponyms: ↑granadilla, ↑purple granadillo, ↑Passiflora edulis, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • passionflower — /pash euhn flow euhr/, n. any chiefly American climbing vine or shrub of the genus Passiflora, having showy flowers and a pulpy berry or fruit that in some species is edible. [1605 15; trans. of NL flos passionis flower of the Passion; so named… …   Universalium

  • passionflower — noun a) any of very many North American vines, of the family Passifloraceae, that bear edible fruit, called passion fruit. b) the flower of this plant See Also: Passiflora, passion fruit …   Wiktionary

  • Passionflower — Passiflora (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • passionflower — pas|sion|flow|er [ˈpæʃənˌflauə US ˌflaur] n a climbing plant with large attractive flowers …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • passionflower — pas|sion|flow|er [ pæʃn,flaur ] noun count a tropical American climbing plant with large brightly colored flowers …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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