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n. pl. steph·a·no·tis·es
Any of various woody climbing plants of the genus Stephanotis, especially S. floribunda of Madagascar, cultivated for its showy fragrant white flowers.

[Greek stephanōtis, deserving a crown, from stephanos, crown, wreath, from stephein, to crown.]


(Plants) any climbing asclepiadaceous shrub of the genus Stephanotis, esp S. floribunda, of Madagascar and Malaya: cultivated for their fragrant white waxy flowers
[C19: via New Latin from Greek: fit for a crown, from stephanos a crown]


(ˌstɛf əˈnoʊ tɪs)

any vine belonging to the genus Stephanotis, of the milkweed family, having fragrant, waxy, white flowers and leathery leaves.
[1865–70; < New Latin < Greek stephanōtís (feminine adj.) fit for a crown, derivative of stéphanos (masculine) crown]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stephanotis - any of various evergreen climbing shrubs of the genus Stephanotis having fragrant waxy flowersstephanotis - any of various evergreen climbing shrubs of the genus Stephanotis having fragrant waxy flowers
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
genus Stephanotis - genus of Old World tropical woody vines
Madagascar jasmine, Stephanotis floribunda, waxflower - twining woody vine of Madagascar having thick dark waxy evergreen leaves and clusters of large fragrant waxy white flowers along the stems; widely cultivated in warm regions
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