convolvulus

Definitions

  • CONVOLVULUS
    CONVOLVULUS
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n convolvulus any of numerous plants of the genus Convolvulus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Convolvulus (Bot) A large genus of plants having monopetalous flowers, including the common bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), and formerly the morning-glory, but this is now transferred to the genus Ipomæa. "The luster of the long convolvuluses That coiled around the stately stems."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n convolvulus [NL.] One of the principal genera of the natural order Convolvulaceæ, of about 150 species, natives of temperate and subtropical regions, and especially abundant in the eastern Mediterranean region. They are slender, twining herbs, with showy trumpet-shaped flowers. The more common species of the fields, as C. sepium and C. arvensis, are popularly known as bindweed. C. Scammonia, of the Levant, yields the purgative drug scammony.
    • n convolvulus [l. c] A plant of the genus Convolvulus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Convolvulus kon-vol′vū-lus a genus of twining or trailing plants, called also Bindweed.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., bindweed, fr. convolvere, to roll around. So named from its twining stems
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—convolvĕre.

Usage

In literature:

These also were bound together by the convolvulus in a way which made them perfectly impenetrable.
"Adventures in Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Other wild flowers, such as the convolvulus, close before rain.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
The convolvulus has a funnel-shaped corolla.
"The Royal Guide to Wax Flower Modelling" by Emma Peachey
The convolvuluses, the ferns, and the parasites, all entangled together, compelled us to use our knives.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
He saw it creeping into the stained trumpet of a Tyrian convolvulus.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
What, says the convolvulus?
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Peppers, vines, and convolvulus twine themselves round the trunks and branches, and hang in graceful pendants from the boughs.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Each little garden flames with red poinsettia, purple convolvulus, and yellow daisies.
"Through the Malay Archipelago" by Emily Richings
The sandhills on the verge of the ocean are carpeted with creepers and the wild convolvulus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
It is enclosed by thick hedges, over which the dog-rose grows, and the wild convolvulus will blossom in the autumn.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
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