Definition of akebia in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈkiːbɪə


  • An East Asian climbing shrub with purplish flowers and deeply divided leaves.
    • Genus Akebia, family Lardizabalaceae
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    • Fiveleaf akebia is a vigorous vine that grows as a groundcover and climbs shrubs and trees by twining.
    • This one is now busily threading its way through the established akebia, sharing the same arbor.
    • Fiveleaf akebia is deciduous in cooler climates but may remain evergreen in the warmer regions, such as Louisiana.


1837: modern Latin, coined by J. Decaisne, French botanist, from Japanese akebi.

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