American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An evergreen, tendril-bearing woody vine (Bignonia capreolata) native chiefly to the southeast United States and having showy red-orange, trumpet-shaped flowers. Also called cross vine.
- From the genus name. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Bignonia, genus name, after Jean Paul Bignon (1662-1743), French royal librarian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I'm a get-a-cutting-from-the-neighbor kinda girl so, for me to go out and buy a big, new crossvine (bignonia capreolata) AND a big grassy thing called miscanthus adagio, well, you know I'm celebrating for sure.”
“Roses, bignonia and clemmies are on it along with the cobaea right now.”
“The crossvine , bignonia ‘Tangerine Beauty’, was added the next year to the clothesline pole.”
“The crossvine, bignonia ‘Tangerine Beauty’ entwined with Killer on the clothesline pole posed a thorny problem if it was to be saved.”
“All that is left in the ground is the crossvine, bignonia ‘tangerine beauty’.”
“At the end of this wing, projecting to the lake, was a square terrace with a low, thick wall and a tiled roof, and a coral-scarlet bignonia dangling from the massive pillars.”
“Over the gallery grow the roses; out near at hand a bignonia-vine lifts its yellow flare aloft and throws down a fluttering shower of bell-like blooms, and all the air is heavy with the scents of the South.”
“Here were the tropical plumage of the palm, the dark green masses of the live-oak, the glistening verdure of wild orange-groves; and from out the shadowy thickets hung the wreaths of the jessamine and the scarlet trumpets of the bignonia.”
“The bignonia family (_Bignoniaceæ_) is mainly tropical, but in our southern states is represented by the showy trumpet-creeper (_Tecoma_) (Fig. 121, _A_), the catalpa, and _Martynia_.”
“In creepers, bignonia and lantana will hold their own under difficulties perhaps as well as any that can be found.”
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