[ kraws-vahyn, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌvaɪn, ˈkrɒs- /


a climbing or creeping woody vine, Bignonia capreolata, of the bignonia family, having yellow-red trumpet-shaped flowers and a stem that shows a crosslike arrangement in cross section.

Nearby words

  1. cross-train,
  2. cross-trainer,
  3. cross-utilize,
  4. cross-validation,
  5. cross-vein,
  6. crossandra,
  7. crossband,
  8. crossbar,
  9. crossbeam,
  10. crossbill

Origin of cross-vine

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cross-vine

  • And within a few rods of the same spot I sat down more than once to take a long look at a cross-vine covering a dead hemlock.

  • The cross-vine (Bignonia), less freehanded, hung its showy bells out of reach in the treetops.

    A Florida Sketch-Book|Bradford Torrey