: a genus of deciduous woody vines (formerly included in Bignonia or Tecoma) climbing by aerial roots and having opposite odd-pinnate toothed leaves and large orange or scarlet flowers in showy clusters

Word History


New Latin, from Greek kampsis bending; from the curved stamens; akin to Greek kampē bend, turn

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“Campsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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