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Japanese ivy

noun

Boston ivy

noun
1.
a climbing woody vine, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, of the grape family, native to eastern Asia and grown in North America as a wall covering.
Also called Japanese ivy.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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British Dictionary definitions for japanese-ivy

Boston ivy

noun
1.
the US name for Virginia creeper (sense 2)

Japanese ivy

noun
1.
another name for Virginia creeper (sense 2)
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Boston ivy

clinging woody vine of the grape family (Vitaceae). Native to eastern Asia, the plant has been introduced to other regions, particularly as a climbing ornamental on stone and brick facades. The vine grows to a length of about 18 m (about 60 feet). The alternate leaves, which are either simple and three-lobed or compound with three leaflets, turn bright scarlet in the autumn. The inconspicuous flowers grow in clusters opposite the leaves. The small, bluish black fruit is sought by birds.

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