1. any climbing, woody vine or shrub belonging to the genus Ampelopsis, of the grape family, having small greenish flowers and inedible berries.

Origin of ampelopsis

1803; < New Latin < Greek ámpel(os) grapevine + ópsis -opsis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ampelopsis

Historical Examples of ampelopsis

  • But it might have been the birds in the Ampelopsis Veitchii that covered the house.

    Short Sixes

    H. C. Bunner

  • The plants, too, are often charming, and one frequently sees a single trail of ampelopsis flung across the grey boulders.

    A Journal from Japan

    Marie Carmichael Stopes

  • The tendency has been towards using the hardy Vines, of which the ampelopsis, or Virginia creeper, is one of the most common.

  • Window boxes are seen everywhere, and Virginia creeper and ampelopsis cover up all bare corners.

    The Thames

    G. E. Mitton

  • The well-known Virginian Creeper (Ampelopsis) produces rootlets by means of which it can cling to very smooth surfaces.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

British Dictionary definitions for ampelopsis


  1. any woody vine of the vitaceous genus Ampelopsis, of tropical and subtropical Asia and America

Word Origin for ampelopsis

C19: from New Latin, from Greek ampelos grapevine
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