[ wood-bahyn ]

  1. any of several climbing vines, especially those of genera Lonicera of the honeysuckle family and Parthenocissus of the grape family.

Origin of woodbine

First recorded before 900; Middle English wodebind(e), Old English wudubind, wudebinde, equivalent to wudu “wood” + bind “binding”; see origin at wood1, bind

Words Nearby woodbine

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How to use woodbine in a sentence

  • Trailing woodbine covered the fences to right and left, and along these fences grew thrifty berry bushes.

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • Plainly woodbine County was falling out of touch with the century-old traditions of her sisters to the north and west of her.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm | Irvin S. Cobb
  • Great crimson roses, wet with dew, and odorous woodbine peeped in as she opened it.

    Marion Arleigh's Penance | Charlotte M. Braeme
  • A little brown house built of logs was almost entirely covered with vines, a tangle of woodbine and honeysuckle and wistaria.

  • The scent of a sprig of wild woodbine holds a charm beyond all the perfumes of the chemist's shop.

British Dictionary definitions for woodbine


/ (ˈwuːdˌbaɪn) /

  1. a honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum, of Europe, SW Asia, and N Africa, having fragrant creamy flowers

  2. American woodbine a related North American plant, L. caprifolium

  1. US another name for Virginia creeper (def. 1)

  2. Australian obsolete, slang an Englishman

Origin of woodbine

sense 4 from the English brand of cigarettes so named

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