trumpet creeper

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noun

any climbing plant belonging to the genus Campsis, of the bignonia family, especially C. radicans, of the southern U.S., having elliptic leaves and large, red, trumpet-shaped flowers.

Nearby words

  1. trump up,
  2. trumped-up,
  3. trumpeldor,
  4. trumpery,
  5. trumpet,
  6. trumpet flower,
  7. trumpet honeysuckle,
  8. trumpet leg,
  9. trumpet marine,
  10. trumpet vine

Origin of trumpet creeper

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35

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Examples from the Web for trumpet creeper

  • These rootlets are very strong, as you will find if you try to pull, as I did once, a trumpet-creeper out of a grape-vine.

  • Fig. 93 shows the two-lobed stigma of the trumpet-creeper or tecoma before the flower is ready for pollination.

    The Nursery Book|Liberty Hyde Bailey
  • The coral-honeysuckle and a species of trumpet-creeper also grow here, and, in a little time, will be in full flower.

    Palmetto-Leaves|Harriet Beecher Stowe