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balloon vine

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noun
  1. a tropical climbing plant, Cardiospermum halicacabum, of the soapberry family, bearing big, bladderlike pods and black seeds with a white, heart-shaped spot.

Origin of balloon vine

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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  • And what an ignoramus you must be, if you do not know that a balloon-vine is a Cardiospernum Halicactum.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 17, July 23, 1870

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British Dictionary definitions for balloon vine

balloon vine

noun
  1. a tropical tendril-climbing sapindaceous plant, Cardiospermum halicacabum, cultivated for its ornamental balloon-like seed capsules
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