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 (lē-ä′nə, -ăn′ə) also li·ane (-än′, -ăn′)
Any of various climbing, woody, usually tropical vines.

[Alteration of French liane, probably from lier, to bind, from Old French; see liable.]


(lɪˈɑːnə) or


(Plants) any of various woody climbing plants mainly of tropical forests
[C19: changed from earlier liane (through influence of French lier to bind), from French, of obscure origin]
liˈanoid adj


(liˈɑ nə, -ˈæn ə)

n., pl. -nas.
any of various usu. woody vines that may climb as high as the tree canopy in a tropical forest.
Also, li•ane (liˈɑn)
[1790–1800; earlier liannes (pl.) < French lianes, pl. of liane, derivative of lier to bind]
- li•a′noid,
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.liana - a woody climbing usually tropical plantliana - a woody climbing usually tropical plant
Dipladenia boliviensis, Mandevilla boliviensis, white dipladenia - shrubby climber having glossy leaves and white funnel-shaped flowers with yellow throats
Chilean jasmine, Mandevilla laxa - woody vine of Argentina grown as an ornamental for its glossy leaves and racemes of large fragrant funnel-shaped creamy-white flowers
Epipremnum aureum, golden pothos, ivy arum, Scindapsus aureus, pothos - evergreen liana widely cultivated for its variegated foliage
monstera - any plant of the genus Monstera; often grown as houseplants
philodendron - often grown as a houseplant
pothos - any of various tropical lianas of the genus Scindapsus
emerald creeper, jade vine, Strongylodon macrobotrys - vigorous Philippine evergreen twining liana; grown for spectacular festoons of green flowers that resemble lobster claws
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
cynancum - any of various mostly giant tropical lianas of Africa and Madagascar having greenish or purple flowers and long smooth pods; roots formerly used as an emetic


[lɪˈɑːnə] Nbejuco m, liana f


[lɪˈɑːnə] nliana
References in classic literature ?
In every other way they were our friends--one might almost say our devoted slaves--but when it was suggested that they should help us to make and carry a plank which would bridge the chasm, or when we wished to get from them thongs of leather or liana to weave ropes which might help us, we were met by a good-humored, but an invincible, refusal.
Many of the older trees presented a very curious appearance from the tresses of a liana hanging from their boughs, and resembling bundles of hay.
Below them, the roads, intersected by "nullahs," a sort of instantaneous torrent, were soon rendered impracticable, entangled as they were, besides, with thorny thickets and gigantic lianas, or creeping vines.
I believe that a young and ambitious leader, along with his team, will bring creative energy to help form a high-quality repertoire of artistic quality, promote creative regeneration, and will adhere to high standards of transparency and ethics in his work," says Minister of Culture Liana Ruokyt?
Qualified teacher of this technique Liana Thrassou will explain how it empowers performers to become aware of the physical habits that impede performance and to transform those habits, thus improving breathing coordination, vocal production and concentration, managing stage fright and freeing up spontaneity to perform more freely and expressively while putting less stress and strain on their bodies.
AFTER running her own beauty salon for 20 years, mum of two Liana Mullen got a nose for a new business idea which has given her a better work-life balance.
Liana Liu's second novel, Shadow Girl, is a coming-of-age tale wrapped in a ghost story.
Author Liana Christin Landivar is a senior researcher at the WomenAEs Bureau in the US Department of Labor.
At the foundation of this project is a profound belief in gamers," Liana Kerzner says.
Summary: Portuguese fado singer Liana enchanted audiences Monday night at Beirut's MusicHall with a performance that was both lively and ripe with emotion.
These include a Portuguese Fado concert by premier singer Liana, a mask theatre performance by Berlin-based Familie Floz and UK circus troupe Pirates of the Carabina.
Marcus and his fashionable wife, Liana (Dagmara Dominczyk), live in understated elegance, while dowdy Dore (Ann Dowd), the birth mother he's never met, inhabits a shabby garden flat that hasn't been updated since the 1970s.