Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various mostly trailing or twining plants of the widespread genus Convolvulus, having funnel-shaped flowers and including several weeds and a few grown as ornamentals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several plants, of the genus Convolvulus, found in temperate climates, having small trumpet-shaped flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [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.
  • n. [l. c] A plant of the genus Convolvulus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous plants of the genus Convolvulus

Etymologies

Latin, bindweed, from convolvere, to intertwine; see convolve.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin convolvulus ("bindweed; caterpillar"), from convolvō ("convolve"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When the creature I now watched hovered before the blossom of a convolvulus whose calyx it tapped with a tongue shaped like a glass probe, it was almost invisible.

    A Different Stripe

  • When her petrified brain did make the connection, she realized that they would be hanging on a rusty nail in the shed located at the bottom of the overgrown garden, its door probably jammed shut by inches of high grass and an invasion of convolvulus, its musty interior inhabited by various large and unchecked spiders.

    The Home for Broken Hearts

  • A magnificent convolvulus hawk moth was spotted by the Suffolk lepidopterists gliding in downriver along their bank.

    Wildwood

  • In the cemetery of Pere – Lachaise, in the vicinity of the common grave, far from the elegant quarter of that city of sepulchres, far from all the tombs of fancy which display in the presence of eternity all the hideous fashions of death, in a deserted corner, beside an old wall, beneath a great yew tree over which climbs the wild convolvulus, amid dandelions and mosses, there lies a stone.

    Les Miserables

  • Others fondled in their arms gazelles or savage whelps of wolves, and suckled them-young mothers these with babes at home, whose breasts were still full of milk; crowns they wore of ivy or of oak or blossoming convolvulus.

    The Bacchantes

  • O Thebes, nurse of Semele! crown thyself with ivy; burst forth, burst forth with blossoms fair of green convolvulus, and with the boughs of oak and pine join in the Bacchic revelry; dor; - thy coat of dappled fawn-skin, decking it with tufts of silvered hair; with reverent hand the sportive wand now wield.

    The Bacchantes

  • The outward bend of the window had allowed the girl to rest a box of earth on the window-sill, in which grew some sweet peas, nasturtiums, a sickly little honeysuckle, and some convolvulus that twined its frail stems up the iron bars.

    A Second Home

  • I sat up, and remained for a long time filled with the delight and charm of the delicate little convolvulus that twined among the barley stems, the pimpernel that laced the ground below.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • The whole interspace was overgrown with convolvulus, purple, yellow and white, often as deep as to my waist, in which I floundered aimlessly.

    Vailima Letters

  • Already the convolvulus moth was spinning over the flowers.

    Jacob's Room

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