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Virginia creeper

noun
1.
a climbing plant, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, of the grape family, native to North America, having palmate leaves, usually with five leaflets, and bluish-black berries.
Also called American ivy, ivy vine.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70, Americanism
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Virginia creeper

noun
1.
Also called (US) American ivy, woodbine. a vitaceous woody vine, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, of North America, having tendrils with adhesive tips, bluish-black berry-like fruits, and compound leaves that turn red in autumn: widely planted for ornament
2.
Also called Japanese ivy. a similar related plant, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, of SE Asia, having trilobed leaves and purple berries US name Boston ivy
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Encyclopedia Article for Virginia creeper

woody vine, in the grape family (Vitaceae), that climbs by means of disk-tipped tendrils. It is commonly found in eastern North America and is often grown as a covering vine for walls, fences, and trunks of large trees. Its fall colour ranges from yellow to red-purple. Several cultivated varieties, with smaller leaves and shorter tendrils, have been developed to provide denser coverage. A related woody vine, Boston ivy, is similarly used.

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