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morning glory

or morning-glory

noun
1.
any of various plants, especially of the genera Ipomoea and Convolvulus, as I. purpurea, a twining plant having cordate leaves and funnel-shaped flowers of various colors, often opening only in the morning.
2.
a racehorse that runs faster in morning workouts than in afternoon races.
Origin of morning glory
1805-1815
1805-15, Americanism
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  • As with the pink, it is the general form and appearance we strive for in the morning-glory, not the detail.

  • morning-glory Spring is like a gigantic morning-glory set in the earth.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • On the 25th my first morning-glory bloomed in my room,–a hopeful blue,–and at night up came my book in its new dress.

    Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott
  • The morning-glory heard this, and she longed to let the little Wren see her face.

  • A small rosebud, a morning-glory or an orchid added to a bouquet of violets will make it doubly charming.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
  • The morning-glory could also be blown up and popped, and the canterbury-bell.

    Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • The sun-flower is gross, but it knows the sun as well as the morning-glory, and turns to it as naturally.

    Sevenoaks J. G. Holland
  • In the sixteenth century the morning-glory was as yet a rare plant with us.

    The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
  • The flower is the morning-glory, the one which responds most readily to the influence of the sun.

British Dictionary definitions for morning-glory

morning-glory

noun (pl) -ries
1.
any of various mainly tropical convolvulaceous plants of the genus Ipomoea and related genera, with trumpet-shaped blue, pink, or white flowers, which close in late afternoon
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Slang definitions & phrases for morning-glory

morning glory

noun

A penile erection upon waking: a morning missile wakes him up

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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