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bindweed

[bahynd-weed] /ˈbaɪndˌwid/
noun
1.
any of various twining or vinelike plants, especially certain species of the genera Convolvulus and Calystegia.
Origin of bindweed
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; bind + weed1
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  • Some of the bindweed family, I ought to say, are valuable in medicine.

  • We should all be in that bindweed at the other side of the river by now.

  • The scent of the bindweed was her favourite, then the pink, then the honeysuckle, then the jasmine.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • I caught him one day hopping about and pecking at the twigs of a Biscayan bindweed.

    Bramble-bees and Others J. Henri Fabre
  • You think the bindweed and the Traveller's Joy beautiful flowers, and so they are.

    Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke
  • The bindweed is descended from some earlier ancestors which had five separate petals, instead of a single fused and circular cup.

  • But even then she was difficult finding, so cunningly had ivy and blackberry and bindweed woven snares for the trespasser's foot.

    Henry Brocken

    Walter J. de la Mare
  • Convolvulus, kon-vol′vū-lus, n. a genus of twining or trailing plants, called also bindweed.

  • And you were born in a house among men, and I in a bindweed flower; and that is much better.

    Little Johannes Frederik van Eeden
  • In an empty nest, at the top of a tall lime-tree, sat Windekind, with his wreath of bindweed.

    Little Johannes Frederik van Eeden
British Dictionary definitions for bindweed

bindweed

/ˈbaɪndˌwiːd/
noun
1.
any convolvulaceous plant of the genera Convolvulus and Calystegia that twines around a support See also convolvulus
2.
any of various other trailing or twining plants, such as black bindweed
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