Origin of stephanotisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek stephanōtis, fit for a crown ; from stephanos, that which surrounds, a crown ; from stephein, to encircle, crown, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form steb(h)-, post, support, restrict from source stamp
Origin of stephanotisGreek stephanōtis, deserving a crown, from stephanos, crown, wreath, from stephein, to crown.
- (botany) Any of the genus Stephanotis of climbing asclepiadaceous shrubs with large white waxy flowers in cymes.
- A perfume said to be prepared from the flowers of Stephanotis floribunda.
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From the genus name.