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[woo d-bahyn] /ˈwʊdˌbaɪn/
any of several climbing vines, as a European honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum, or the Virginia creeper of North America.
Origin of woodbine
before 900; Middle English wodebinde, Old English wudubind, equivalent to wudu wood1 + bind binding; see bind Unabridged
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  • "That is not our battalion, Captain woodbine," said he, amazed at the appearance of this strange force.

  • "Those men fire with remarkable precision," said Captain woodbine.

  • On three sides of the cottage, there was a piazza, with pillars all covered with woodbine and honeysuckle.

    The Pearl of Love Madeline Leslie
  • That cottage with its low roof, and woodbine trellis, has become a palace.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • "Tell me what it is," she said, drawing him into the little arbor of woodbine near the gate.

  • I need hardly say they had no idea the house on the hill was "woodbine Villa."

  • The front porch on his side was sunshiny and quiet, but there was the woodbine again, and with the Cat so near.

    Dooryard Stories Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • woodbine Villa was put up to let furnished, and it was taken by—Mr. Coventry.

  • Was there ever such a prattler as the warm-hearted little brook that ran by the foot of the garden of woodbine Cottage?

  • Yet my letters must have all reached woodbine Villa, or why are they not sent back?

British Dictionary definitions for woodbine


a honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum, of Europe, SW Asia, and N Africa, having fragrant creamy flowers
American woodbine, a related North American plant, L. caprifolium
(US) another name for Virginia creeper (sense 1)
(Austral, obsolete, slang) an Englishman
Word Origin
sense 4 from the English brand of cigarettes so named
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Word Origin and History for woodbine

Old English wudubinde, a climbing plant, from wudu "wood" (see wood (n.)) + binde "wreath," related to bind (v.). Used of various climbing plants on three continents.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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