Origin: ModL < Gr stephanōtis, fit for a crown < stephanos, that which surrounds, a crown < stephein, to encircle, crown, prob. < IE base *steb(h)-, post, support, restrict > stamp
See stephanotis in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. steph·a·no·tis·es
Origin: Greek stephanōtis, deserving a crown
Origin: , from stephanos, crown, wreath
Origin: , from stephein, to crown.