[ ip-uh-mee-uh, ahy-pey- ]
/ ˌɪp əˈmi ə, ˌaɪ peɪ- /


any plant belonging to the genus Ipomoea, of the morning glory family, certain species of which are cultivated for their large, showy flowers.
the dried root of certain varieties of plants of this genus, yielding a resin sometimes used as a cathartic.

Origin of ipomoea

< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek īp- (stem of îps) worm + hómoia, neuter plural of hómoios like; see homeo-
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British Dictionary definitions for ipomoea


/ (ˌɪpəˈmɪə, ˌaɪ-) /


any tropical or subtropical convolvulaceous plant of the genus Ipomoea, such as the morning-glory, sweet potato, and jalap, having trumpet-shaped flowers
the dried root of a Mexican species, I. orizabensis, which yields a cathartic resin

Word Origin for ipomoea

C18: New Latin, from Greek ips worm + homoios like
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