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convolvulus

Syllabification: con·vol·vu·lus
Pronunciation: /kənˈvälvyəˌləs, -ˈvôl-
 
/

Definition of convolvulus in English:

noun (plural convolvuluses)

A twining plant with trumpet-shaped flowers, some kinds of which are invasive weeds (see also bindweed), while others, especially morning glories, are cultivated for their bright flowers.
  • Genus Convolvulus, family Convolvulaceae
Example sentences
  • Some other plants had survived, a small convolvulus, golden lamium and creeping geranium were beginning to sprout so these were potted up but the lining fell to bits when the basket was emptied.
  • One is a convolvulus called Goat's Foot Morning Glory, the other is Beach Bean, from the pea family and named for its huge woody seeds.
  • In the Autumn, when the convolvulus has taken over suburban Australian gardens, strangling trees, insinuating itself into garden sheds, creeping across garden paths, the very name declares its despised status as a weed.

Origin

mid 16th century: Latin, literally 'bindweed', from convolvere 'roll together' (see convolve).

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