Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, natural order Vitaceæ, scarcely distinguishable from Vitis (and united with it by Bentham and Hooker), except in having no conspicuous disk at the base of the ovary. A. quinquefolia is the well-known Virginia creeper, sometimes called American ivy, and erroneously woodbine. It has digitate leaves, climbs by clinging tendrils, and is frequently cultivated for covering walls and arbors. The Japanese A. tricuspidata, with simple leaves, is used for the same purpose.
- n. botany A vine of the genus Ampelopsis
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus formerly including the Virginia creeper.
- Modern Latin genus name, from Ancient Greek ἄμπελος ("vine") + ὄψις ("appearance"). (Wiktionary)
“Elsewhere, again, might be seen the first awakening of this Maytime of the leaves, and those of an ampelopsis, a smiling miracle, like a red hawthorn flowering in winter, had that very morning all ‘come out,’ so to speak, in blossom.”
“For often one sees festooned from one rotted tree to another the ampelopsis vine.”
“Gothic house next to St. Joseph's, a trim little Gothic house covered with the oiled curls of an ampelopsis still undyed by autumn's henna.”
“They crossed the street to the rectory, an old-fashioned house nestling among the trees, the parapet and pillars of its broad veranda almost hidden by a heavy growth of ampelopsis.”
“The Japan ampelopsis (_A. tricuspidata_ or _Veitchii_) is a good clinging vine, growing very rapidly when once established, and brilliantly colored after the first fall frosts.”
“The tendency has been towards using the hardy vines, of which the ampelopsis, or Virginia creeper, is one of the most common.”
“Elsewhere, again, might be seen the first awakening of this Maytime of the leaves, and those of an ampelopsis, a smiling miracle, like a red hawthorn flowering in winter, had that very morning all 'come out,' so to speak, in blossom.”
“Between the slightly overcrowded urns and statues there were bright dashes of color, here of dahlias in full bloom, there of reddening garlands of ampelopsis or Virginia creeper.”
“On the wall of a neighboring brick house, Virginia creeper and ampelopsis added fuel to the fire of surrounding color, while a maple in the middle distance blazed with all the hues that might have flamed in Moses's burning bush.”
“On the bosom of her dress was fixed a spray of brilliant ampelopsis leaves; it was her only ornament, but none could have been more striking.”
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