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[kraws-vahyn, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌvaɪn, ˈkrɒs-/
a climbing or creeping woody vine, Bignonia capreolata, of the bignonia family, having yellow-red trumpet-shaped flowers and a stem that shows a crosslike arrangement in cross section.
Origin of cross-vine
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And within a few rods of the same spot I sat down more than once to take a long look at a cross-vine covering a dead hemlock.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • The cross-vine (Bignonia), less freehanded, hung its showy bells out of reach in the treetops.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey

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