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