[woo d-bahyn]
  1. any of several climbing vines, as a European honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum, or the Virginia creeper of North America.

Origin of woodbine

before 900; Middle English wodebinde, Old English wudubind, equivalent to wudu wood1 + bind binding; see bind
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  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
  3. US another name for Virginia creeper (def. 1)
  4. Australian obsolete, slang an Englishman

Word Origin for woodbine

sense 4 from the English brand of cigarettes so named
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Word Origin and History for woodbine

Old English wudubinde, a climbing plant, from wudu "wood" (see wood (n.)) + binde "wreath," related to bind (v.). Used of various climbing plants on three continents.

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