woodbine

noun

wood·​bine ˈwu̇d-ˌbīn How to pronounce woodbine (audio)
1
: any of several honeysuckles
especially : a Eurasian twining shrub (Lonicera periclymenum)
2

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Examples of woodbine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Native to eastern North America, woodbine (Clematis virginiana) produces clusters of showy, fragrant, white flowers in autumn, attracting a variety of pollinators. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English wodebinde, from Old English wudubinde, from wudu wood + bindan to tie, bind; from its winding around trees

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of woodbine was before the 12th century

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“Woodbine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodbine. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

woodbine

noun
wood·​bine ˈwu̇d-ˌbīn How to pronounce woodbine (audio)
1
: a woody climbing Eurasian honeysuckle
2
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