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Virginia creeper

noun
1.
a climbing plant, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, of the grape family, native to North America, having palmate leaves, usually with five leaflets, and bluish-black berries.
Also called American ivy, ivy vine.
Origin of Virginia creeper
1660-1670
An Americanism dating back to 1660-70
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  • Piece of the stem of Virginia creeper, bearing a leaf and a tendril.

  • The Virginia creeper falls in blood-red streamers from the verandah.

    The Dangerous Age Karin Michalis
  • Wait till you see it shining on the Virginia creeper in our garden quad.

    Lady Connie

    Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The shadows of the Virginia creeper fell on the red pavement, and Kitty's light voice was heard on the staircase.

    A Mere Accident

    George Moore
  • He gives twenty-one species under this genus of which nine are American, one, however, being our Virginia creeper.

    The Grapes of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • So, one morning, the cottage windows were open to the Virginia creeper outside them.

    The House of Fulfilment George Madden Martin
  • Unc Simmy swung his steed through a ruined gateway where the Virginia creeper and honeysuckle hid the gateposts and wall.

    Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie Alice B. Emerson
  • Along the front edge of that wood ran an old rail fence, covered all over with the luxuriant vine known as “Virginia creeper.”

  • Text also uses "Virginian creeper" instead of the more common "Virginia creeper."

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British Dictionary definitions for Virginia creeper

Virginia creeper

noun
1.
Also called (US) American ivy, woodbine. a vitaceous woody vine, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, of North America, having tendrils with adhesive tips, bluish-black berry-like fruits, and compound leaves that turn red in autumn: widely planted for ornament
2.
Also called Japanese ivy. a similar related plant, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, of SE Asia, having trilobed leaves and purple berries US name Boston ivy
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