convolvulus

noun

con·​vol·​vu·​lus kən-ˈväl-vyə-ləs How to pronounce convolvulus (audio)
-ˈvȯl-,
 also  -ˈväv-yə-,
 or  -ˈvȯv-yə-
plural convolvuluses or convolvuli kən-ˈväl-vyə-ˌlī How to pronounce convolvulus (audio)
-ˌlē,
-ˈvȯl-,
 also  -ˈväv-yə-,
 or  -ˈvȯv-yə-
: any of a genus (Convolvulus) of erect, trailing, or twining herbs and shrubs of the morning-glory family

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, going back to Latin convolvolus "bindweed (Calystegia sepium or a related species)," from convolvere "to roll round or up, coil, twist, wrap round" + -olus, noun suffix, usually with diminutive value — more at convolve

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of convolvulus was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Convolvulus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convolvulus. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

convolvulus

noun
con·​vol·​vu·​lus kən-ˈväl-vyə-ləs How to pronounce convolvulus (audio)
-ˈvȯl-
plural convolvuluses or convolvuli -ˌlī How to pronounce convolvulus (audio)
-ˌlē
: any of a genus of trailing or twining herbs and shrubs that are related to the morning glories

Medical Definition

convolvulus

noun
con·​vol·​vu·​lus
-ˈväl-vyə-ləs, -ˈvȯl- also -ˈväv-yə-, -ˈvȯv-yə-
1
capitalized : a genus of erect trailing or twining herbs and shrubs (family Convolvulaceae) chiefly of temperate regions
2
plural convolvuluses or convolvuli -ˌlī, -ˌlē How to pronounce convolvulus (audio) : a plant of the genus Convolvulus
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