hops

Definitions of hops
  1. noun
    twining perennials having cordate leaves and flowers arranged in conelike spikes; the dried flowers of this plant are used in brewing to add the characteristic bitter taste to beer
    synonyms: hop
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    types:
    European hop, Humulus lupulus, bine, common hop, common hops
    European twining plant whose flowers are used chiefly to flavor malt liquors; cultivated in America
    American hop, Humulus americanus
    native American plant sometimes confused with the European hop
    Humulus japonicus, Japanese hop
    ornamental vine native to eastern Asia; cultivated for its variegated foliage
    type of:
    vine
    a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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