Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various climbing vines, especially a Mediterranean honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) having yellowish flowers.
  • n. See Virginia creeper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several unrelated climbing vines, especially the honeysuckle and the Virginia creeper

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A climbing plant having flowers of great fragrance (Lonicera Periclymenum); the honeysuckle.
  • n. The Virginia creeper. See Virginia creeper, under Virginia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common European honeysuckle, Lonicera Periclymenum, whence the name is more or less ex tended to other honeysuckles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. common North American vine with compound leaves and bluish-black berrylike fruit
  • n. European twining honeysuckle with fragrant red and yellow-white flowers

Etymologies

Middle English wodebinde, from Old English wudubinde : wudu, wood + binde, wreath (from bindan, to bind; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Curl inward here, sweet woodbine flow'r; — 'Companion of the lonely hour,

    Critical Review, 35 (May 1802), 67–75

  • If I were him I'd be keeping my head down woodbine

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  • The roses and woodbine planted around the door by her mother had formed a riotous, twining mat.

    The Dressmaker

  • Damask roses—scarlet and white, yellow and cream—had been brought in from the garden and made into long garlands twined with wild woodbine.

    The Dressmaker

  • Much that is called “woods” was about half as high as this, — only patches of shrub-oak, bayberry, beach-plum, and wild roses, overrun with woodbine.

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  • She retreated by a gate which, leading to the road, was overhung by some wild rocky scenery, in which appeared a sort of artificial aperture, but it was rendered almost inaccessible from the unrestrained woodbine which covered it, and appeared formerly to have been a sort of arbour.

    The Curate and His Daughter, a Cornish Tale

  • In the evening a walk was proposed; the path they took led to a rustic arbour, enclosed by bold rocky scenery, whose entrance was almost impeded by the profusion of woodbine which carelessly wantoned around it.

    The Curate and His Daughter, a Cornish Tale

  • Were these MP's about during the time of rationing they would be selling ladys nylons out of a suitcase of a street corner, woodbine in the corner of the mouth and keeping an eye out for Dixon of the yard.

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  • But in the innermost nook of this mighty remnant, and using for its lowly walls two sides of the ancient ashlar ones, stood a cot builded not over trimly of small wood, and now much overgrown with roses and woodbine.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • When these were done, she took some needle – work from her basket, and sat herself down upon a stool beside the lattice, where the honeysuckle and woodbine entwined their tender stems, and stealing into the room filled it with their delicious breath.

    The Old Curiosity Shop

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  • Tristan smoked a brand of cigarettes that had this name.

    June 13, 2012

  • Titania: Sleepe thou, and I will winde thee in my arms,
    Fairies be gone, and be alwaies away.
    So doth the woodbine, the sweet Honisuckle,
    Gently entwist; the female Iuy so
    Enrings the barky fingers of the Elme.
    O how I loue thee! how I dote on thee!
    A Midsummer Night's Dream IV.i

    When these were done, she took some needle-work from her basket, and sat herself down upon a stool beside the lattice, where the honeysuckle and woodbine entwined their tender stems, and stealing into the room filled it with their delicious breath.
    The Old Curiosity Shop ch. 25

    The problem with both these passages is that normally woodbine is honeysuckle. Various emendations for the Shakespeare have been suggested. Woodbine could be a dialectal name for bindweed, or an error for its synonym 'weedbind' (less odorous so more unfortunate for Dickens). It could be 'woodrind', the bark of the tree (but that's not in the OED). Or the honeysuckle is the flowers of the woodbine.

    More ingenious is if the woodbine and honeysuckle are in apposition, naming the same plant. Then the verb 'entwist' needs an object. Or perhaps it's used intransitively (though OED has no instances of this grammar). The object could be the elm, with 'the female ivy so enrings' bracketed off as a parenthesis. Most ingenious of all is if it originally said that the woodbine, the honeysuckle gently entwists the maple; the P being omitted by accident, male was changed to female: the ivy was considered female because it always required support. (This is William Warburton's suggestion.)

    August 13, 2008

  • A brand of cigarrette associated in the UK with days long gone, the days of empire, when smoking was good for you.

    November 24, 2007