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morning glory

or morning-glory

any of various plants, especially of the genera Ipomoea and Convolvulus, as I. purpurea, a twining plant having cordate leaves and funnel-shaped flowers of various colors, often opening only in the morning.
a racehorse that runs faster in morning workouts than in afternoon races.
Origin of morning glory
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So the poor little morning-glory dropped back to the ground.

    Sandman's Goodnight Stories

    Abbie Phillips Walker
  • Of course it is all in use, just as it is with whippoorwills and the morning-glory.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • morning-glory Spring is like a gigantic morning-glory set in the earth.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • The morning-glory heard this, and she longed to let the little Wren see her face.

  • The morning-glory could also be blown up and popped, and the canterbury-bell.

    Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • And then morning-glory vines will grow up around the window.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • In the sixteenth century the morning-glory was as yet a rare plant with us.

    The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
  • There is no doubt that the morning-glory will do all this and far more than is promised.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • Vines of honeysuckle and morning-glory had partly preëmpted the walls.

    The Key to Yesterday

    Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for morning-glory


noun (pl) -ries
any of various mainly tropical convolvulaceous plants of the genus Ipomoea and related genera, with trumpet-shaped blue, pink, or white flowers, which close in late afternoon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for morning-glory

morning glory


A penile erection upon waking: a morning missile wakes him up

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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