morning glory

or morn·ing-glo·ry

noun
  1. any of various plants, especially of the genera Ipomoea and Convolvulus, as I. purpurea, a twining plant having cordate leaves and funnel-shaped flowers of various colors, often opening only in the morning.
  2. a racehorse that runs faster in morning workouts than in afternoon races.

Origin of morning glory

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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morning-glory

noun plural -ries
  1. any of various mainly tropical convolvulaceous plants of the genus Ipomoea and related genera, with trumpet-shaped blue, pink, or white flowers, which close in late afternoon
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