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[am-puh-lop-sis] /ˌæm pəˈlɒp sɪs/
any climbing, woody vine or shrub belonging to the genus Ampelopsis, of the grape family, having small greenish flowers and inedible berries.
Origin of ampelopsis
1803; < New Latin < Greek ámpel(os) grapevine + ópsis -opsis Unabridged
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  • There is a curious difference in different sorts of ampelopsis in this respect.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • But it might have been the birds in the ampelopsis Veitchii that covered the house.

    Short Sixes H. C. Bunner
  • The well-known Virginian Creeper (ampelopsis) produces rootlets by means of which it can cling to very smooth surfaces.

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux
  • The plants, too, are often charming, and one frequently sees a single trail of ampelopsis flung across the grey boulders.

    A Journal from Japan Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • The tendency has been towards using the hardy Vines, of which the ampelopsis, or Virginia creeper, is one of the most common.

  • Window boxes are seen everywhere, and Virginia creeper and ampelopsis cover up all bare corners.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • It feeds on vine (Vitis vinifera) and yellow bedstraw (Galium verum); also on fuchsia and virginia-creeper (ampelopsis).

  • The Boston ivy or the Japanese ampelopsis may be used, unless the location is very bleak.

  • Dandeno found that solutions of copper sulphate were absorbed by the leaves of ampelopsis, forming a brown ring.

  • With these might be associated, though not so fine in form, certain free–growing species of ampelopsis, grown in some nurseries.

    The Wild Garden William Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for ampelopsis


any woody vine of the vitaceous genus Ampelopsis, of tropical and subtropical Asia and America
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek ampelos grapevine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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