- a climbing plant, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, of the grape family, native to North America, having palmate leaves, usually with five leaflets, and bluish-black berries.
Origin of Virginia creeper
An Americanism dating back to 1660–70
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At that season the delicate flame of the Virginia-creeper was a prominent tint on the walls all round the lake.A Little Swiss Sojourn
W. D. Howells
There shall nothing grow in it but lilies and roses, and the cottage we will cover all over with Virginia-creeper.Evergreens
Jerome K. Jerome
Setting his teeth determinedly, Ralph Wonderson swarmed up the Virginia-creeper until he reached the closely-shuttered window.
The bit of Virginia-creeper planted under the window hung shriveled upon its trellis.The March Family Trilogy, Complete
William Dean Howells
It feeds on vine (Vitis vinifera) and yellow bedstraw (Galium verum); also on fuchsia and virginia-creeper (Ampelopsis).The Moths of the British Isles, First Series
- 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
- Also called: Japanese ivy a similar related plant, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, of SE Asia, having trilobed leaves and purple berriesUS name: Boston ivy
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