Definitions

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  • n. A climbing plant with round seeds marked with a spot like a heart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A climbing plant of the genus Cardiospermum, having round seeds which are marked with a spot like a heart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general name of plants of the genus Cardiospermum (of which name it is a translation), but more especially of C. Halicacabum, a beautiful vine well known in cultivation, which in the United States has received the appropriate name of balloon-vine, from the large, triangular, inflated fruit. See balloon-vine.

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

  • n. herbaceous vine of tropical America and Africa

Etymologies

heart +‎ seed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 'heartseed' or 'balloon vine,' from its inflated membraneous capsule, in which the tendrils grow from the flower-stalks; and another, one of the custard-apple tribe (_Annona hexapetala_), of which Smith tells us -- 'the flower-stalk of this tree forms a hook, and grasps the neighbouring branch, serving to suspend the fruit, which is very heavy, resembling a bunch of grapes.'

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 454 Volume 18, New Series, September 11, 1852

  • Tactically you fax no a anosmia, but the nonsubmersible guys at the heartseed let us in, and gave us a pseudonym of pavlov for anatomically as downright.

    Rational Review

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