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creeper

Line breaks: creep¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈkriːpə
 
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Definition of creeper in English:

noun

1 Botany Any plant that grows along the ground, around another plant, or up a wall by means of extending stems or branches.
Example sentences
  • Yes muntries are little purple berries and they're the fruit of a shrub, a ground creeper, that grows down in eastern South Australia.
  • The plant, a creeper of the arum lily family, is a native of Mexico and Guatemala.
  • Flowering plants, creepers and hedge shrubs will be planted.
Synonyms
climbing plant, trailing plant;
vine, trailer, climber, rambler
2 [with modifier] Any of a number of small birds that creep around in trees or vegetation:
Example sentences
  • One most beautiful and exotic of creepers is cardinal creeper.
  • Brown creepers have just taken over the neighborhood, you hear them everywhere you go.
  • A flock of brown creepers were on most of the trees.
3 informal (creepers) short for brothel creepers.

Words that rhyme with creeper

Arequipa, beeper, bleeper, Dnieper, keeper, leaper, peeper, reaper, sleeper, sweeper, weeper

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