• WordNet 3.6
    • n Vigna genus of vines or erect herbs having trifoliate leaves and yellowish or purplish flowers; of warm or tropical regions; most species often placed in genus Phaseolus
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vigna A genus of leguminous plants, of the tribe Phaseoleæ and subtribe Euphaseoleæ. It is distinguished from the type genus (Phaseolus) by the absence of a beak upon the keel-petals, or by the failure of the beak, if developed, to form a perfect spiral. There are about 45 species, natives of warm regions of both hemispheres. They are usually twining or prostrate herbs, with pinnate leaves of three leaflets, and yellowish or rarely purplish flowers in a short, cluster upon an axillary peduncle, followed by cylindrical pods which become greatly elongated—sometimes, it is said, a yard long. For V. Catiang, universally cultivated in the tropics, and now also in southern parts of Europe and the United States, see chowlee, and cow-pea (under pea); its typical form is low and somewhat erect; when tall and climbing, it has been known as V. Sinensis. V. lanceolata of Australia, also edible, produces, besides the ordinary cylindrical pods, others from buried flowers fruiting under ground, and resembling the peanut. V. luteola is known as seaside bean, and V. unguiculata as red bean, in the West Indies. One species occurs in the United States, V. glabra, a yellow-flowered hirsute twiner of brackish marshes from South Carolina to Mississippi.
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In literature:

VIGNA LANCEOLATA; XEROTES LONGIFOLIA, a very common, hard-leaved plant.
"Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia" by Thomas Mitchell
Again in 1862 there were excavations of importance made in the Vigna Velluti, to the right of the road to Marcigliano.
"A Study Of The Topography And Municipal History Of Praeneste" by Ralph Van Deman Magoffin
I propose that we should walk from the Molo to S. Francesco della Vigna.
"A Wanderer in Venice" by E.V. Lucas
S. FRANCESCO DELLA VIGNA, Madonna and four Saints, 1507.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
We can only point out to the lover of these studies the site of the Vigna Sanchez.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
I went into the vigna of S. Cesario for the key of the church.
"The Spirit of Rome" by Vernon Lee
S. Francesco della Vigna: Altarpiece.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Pier della Vigna, 141, 143.
"A Short History of Italy" by Henry Dwight Sedgwick
Vigna Sinensis (L) Endl.
"Texas Honey Plants" by C. E. Sanborn
Some excavations have been lately made in the Vigna Guidi, a vineyard on the south-east side of the Court of these Thermae.
"Old Rome" by Robert Burn

In news:

John Vigna explores mostly poor, rural and male characters in his stories.
The reason was because it expressed Catholic immigrant piety in a particular American way, according Jerry Vigna, associate theology professor at Alvernia University.
Team coaches are Fred Zimmerman, Jessica Boyer, Jamie Kellerhouse, Al Vigna, Joan Riordan and Jason Stevenson, with Becky Jones as team assistant.
La Vigna's vines grow near the Ohio River.

In science:

Ringrazio infine PaoloBoldi e Sebastiano Vigna, per l’affetto che mi hanno dimostrato negli anni, i consigli ed il supporto che non mi hanno mai lesinato.
Random Generation and Approximate Counting of Combinatorial Structures
Describing recent developments in a broader historical context was the sub ject of tutorials by Peter Bickel of the University of California at Berkeley and Sebastiano Vigna of the Universit`a degli Studi di Milano.
Computation in Large-Scale Scientific and Internet Data Applications is a Focus of MMDS 2010
Sebastiano Vigna provided a tutorial on “Spectral Ranking,” a general umbrella name for techniques that apply the theory of linear functions, e.g., eigenvalues and eigenvectors, to matrices that do not represent geometric transformations, but instead represent some other kind of relationship between entities.
Computation in Large-Scale Scientific and Internet Data Applications is a Focus of MMDS 2010
Paolo Boldi, Massimo Santini, and Sebastiano Vigna.
A Dynamical System for PageRank with Time-Dependent Teleportation
Paolo Boldi, Roberto Posenato, Massimo Santini, and Sebastiano Vigna.
A Dynamical System for PageRank with Time-Dependent Teleportation