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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
a climbing vine (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) of the grape family, native to Japan and China, having shield-shaped leaves and purple berries: often grown to cover walls
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A high-climbing woody vine (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) native to eastern Asia and having three-lobed deciduous leaves. It frequently covers the outer walls of buildings and has attractive fall coloration. Also called Japanese ivy.