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akebia

Syllabification: a·ke·bi·a
Pronunciation: /əˈkēbēə
 
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Definition of akebia in English:

noun

A climbing shrub with purplish flowers, deeply divided leaves, and purple berries. Native to eastern Asia, it is grown as an ornamental in North America.
  • Akebia quinata, family Lardizabalaceae
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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