A vine is a plant that spreads by creeping along the ground or climbing up some kind of support. Grapes are one example of a vine, and ivy is another.

The famous children's book Madeline takes place "in an old house in Paris that was covered with vines." Vines naturally trail along or climb trees, fences, and houses. The root of vine means "wine," and the original definition was "plant bearing grapes for making wine."

Definitions of vine

n a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface

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a plant that tends to climb and on occasion can grow like a vine
plant of the family Menispermaceae having red or black fruit with crescent- or ring-shaped seeds
any of various ornamental climbing plants of the genus Clematis usually having showy flowers
a plant of the genus Allamanda having large showy funnel-shaped flowers in terminal cymes
Beaumontia grandiflora, Easter lily vine, Nepal trumpet flower
evergreen woody twiner with large glossy leaves and showy corymbs of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers
Trachelospermum jasminoides, confederate jasmine, star jasmine
evergreen Chinese woody climber with shiny dark green leaves and intensely fragrant white flowers
English ivy, Hedera helix, common ivy, ivy
Old World vine with lobed evergreen leaves and black berrylike fruits
Aristolochia clematitis, birthwort
creeping plant having curving flowers thought to resemble fetuses; native to Europe; naturalized Great Britain and eastern North America
any of several South American ornamental woody vines of the genus Bougainvillea having brilliant red or purple flower bracts; widely grown in warm regions
Barbados gooseberry, Barbados-gooseberry vine, Pereskia aculeata
West Indian woody climber with spiny stems and numerous fragrant white flowers in panicles followed by small yellow to orange fruits
Corydalis claviculata, Fumaria claviculata, climbing corydalis
annual vine with decompound leaves and racemes of yellow and pink flowers
Adlumia fungosa, Allegheny vine, Fumaria fungosa, climbing fumitory
vine with feathery leaves and white or pinkish flowers; sometimes placed in genus Fumaria
Delairea odorata, German ivy, Senecio milkanioides
South African succulent evergreen twining climber with yellow flowers grown primarily as a houseplant for its foliage; sometimes placed in genus Senecio
Mikania scandens, climbing boneset, climbing hemp-vine, climbing hempweed, wild climbing hempweed
herb of tropical America having vanilla-scented flowers; climbs up trees
yam, yam plant
any of a number of tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea many having edible tuberous roots
Dioscorea elephantipes, Hottentot bread vine, Hottentot's bread vine, elephant's-foot, tortoise plant
South African vine having a massive rootstock covered with deeply fissured bark
Dioscorea paniculata, wild yam
having a rhizome formerly dried and used to treat rheumatism or liver disorders
Tamus communis, black bindweed, black bryony
common European twining vine with tuberous roots and cordate leaves and red berries
gourd, gourd vine
any vine of the family Cucurbitaceae that bears fruits with hard rinds
squash, squash vine
any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits
briony, bryony
a vine of the genus Bryonia having large leaves and small flowers and yielding acrid juice with emetic and purgative properties
dishcloth gourd, luffa, rag gourd, sponge gourd, strainer vine
any of several tropical annual climbers having large yellow flowers and edible young fruits; grown commercially for the mature fruit's dried fibrous interior that is used as a sponge
Actinidia arguta, bower actinidia, tara vine
climbing Asiatic vine having long finely serrate leaves and racemes of white flowers followed by greenish-yellow edible fruit
Actinidia chinensis, Actinidia deliciosa, Chinese gooseberry, kiwi, kiwi vine
climbing vine native to China; cultivated in New Zealand for its fuzzy edible fruit with green meat
Actinidia polygama, silver vine, silvervine
ornamental vine of eastern Asia having yellow edible fruit and leaves with silver-white markings
passionflower, passionflower vine
any of various chiefly tropical American vines some bearing edible fruit
hop, hops
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
Bomarea edulis, salsilla
tropical vine having pink-and-yellow flowers spotted purple and edible roots sometimes boiled as a potato substitute; West Indies to northern South America
Bomarea salsilla, salsilla
tropical vine having umbels of small purple flowers and edible roots sometimes boiled as a potato substitute; Colombia
Asparagus asparagoides, smilax
fragile twining plant of South Africa with bright green flattened stems and glossy foliage popular as a floral decoration
any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves
Smilax rotundifolia, briar, brier, bullbrier, catbrier, greenbrier, horse brier, horse-brier
a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries
Carolina jasmine, Gelsemium sempervirens, evening trumpet flower, yellow jasmine, yellow jessamine
poisonous woody evergreen vine of southeastern United States having fragrant yellow funnel-shaped flowers
Physostigma venenosum, calabar-bean vine
tropical African woody vine yielding calabar beans
Amphicarpa bracteata, Amphicarpaea bracteata, hog peanut, wild peanut
vine widely distributed in eastern North America producing racemes of purple to maroon flowers and abundant (usually subterranean) edible one-seeded pods resembling peanuts
Apios americana, Apios tuberosa, Indian potato, groundnut, groundnut vine, potato bean, wild bean
a North American vine with fragrant blossoms and edible tubers; important food crop of Native Americans
Canavalia ensiformis, giant stock bean, jack bean, wonder bean
annual semi-erect bushy plant of tropical South America bearing long pods with white seeds grown especially for forage
Canavalia gladiata, sword bean
twining tropical Old World plant bearing long pods usually with red or brown beans; long cultivated in Orient for food
Centrosema virginianum, butterfly pea
large-flowered weakly twining or prostrate vine of New Jersey to tropical eastern North America, sometimes cultivated for its purple and white flowers
Clitoria mariana, butterfly pea
large-flowered wild twining vine of southeastern and central United States having pale blue flowers
Clitoria turnatea, blue pea, butterfly pea
vine of tropical Asia having pinnate leaves and bright blue flowers with yellow centers
Derris elliptica, derris root, tuba root
woody vine having bright green leaves and racemes of rose-tinted white flowers; the swollen roots contain rotenone
Australian pea, Dipogon lignosus, Dolichos lignosus
South African evergreen partly woody vine grown for its clusters of rosy purple flowers followed by edible pods like snap beans; also grown as green manure; sometimes placed in genus Dolichos
Hardenbergia comnptoniana, Western Australia coral pea
vigorous climber of the forests of western Australia; grown for their dense racemes of attractive bright rose-purple flowers
coral pea
any of various Australian climbing plants of the genus Kennedia having scarlet flowers
Dolichos lablab, Egyptian bean, Indian bean, Lablab purpureus, bonavist, hyacinth bean
perennial twining vine of Old World tropics having trifoliate leaves and racemes of fragrant purple pea-like flowers followed by maroon pods of edible seeds; grown as an ornamental and as a vegetable on the Indian subcontinent; sometimes placed in genus Dolichos
any of various small plants of the genus Lathyrus; climb usually by means of tendrils
everlasting pea
any of several perennial vines of the genus Lathyrus
Lathyrus odoratus, sweet pea, sweetpea
climbing garden plant having fragrant pastel-colored flowers
Lathyrus tuberosus, earth-nut pea, earthnut pea, heath pea, tuberous vetch
European herb bearing small tubers used for food and in Scotland to flavor whiskey
Pachyrhizus erosus, yam bean
Central American twining plant with edible roots and pods; large tubers are eaten raw or cooked especially when young and young pods must be thoroughly cooked; pods and seeds also yield rotenone and oils
Pachyrhizus tuberosus, potato bean, yam bean
twining plant of Amazon basin having large edible roots
Manila bean, Psophocarpus tetragonolobus, goa bean, goa bean vine, winged bean, winged pea
a tuberous twining annual vine bearing clusters of purplish flowers and pods with four jagged wings; Old World tropics
Pueraria lobata, kudzu, kudzu vine
fast-growing vine from eastern Asia having tuberous starchy roots and hairy trifoliate leaves and racemes of purple flowers followed by long hairy pods containing many seeds; grown for fodder and forage and root starch; widespread in the southern United States
wistaria, wisteria
any flowering vine of the genus Wisteria
China fleece vine, Polygonum aubertii, Russian vine, silver lace vine
twining perennial vine having racemes of fragrant greenish flowers; western China to Russia
Mitchella repens, boxberry, partridgeberry, twinberry
creeping woody plant of eastern North America with shiny evergreen leaves and scarlet berries
soapberry vine
tendril-climbing vine
American bittersweet, Celastrus scandens, bittersweet, climbing bittersweet, false bittersweet, shrubby bittersweet, staff vine, waxwork
twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
Celastric articulatus, Celastrus orbiculatus, Japan bittersweet, Japanese bittersweet, oriental bittersweet
ornamental Asiatic vine with showy orange-yellow fruit with a scarlet aril; naturalized in North America
Euonymus fortunei radicans, Euonymus radicans vegetus, evergreen bittersweet
broad and bushy Asiatic twining shrub with pinkish fruit; many subspecies or varieties
Thunbergia alata, black-eyed Susan, black-eyed Susan vine
tropical African climbing plant having yellow flowers with a dark purple center
Bignonia capreolata, cross vine, quarter-vine, quartervine, trumpet flower
woody flowering vine of southern United States; stems show a cross in transverse section
any of numerous plants of the genus Convolvulus
any of several vines of the genera Convolvulus and Calystegia having a twining habit
any of various twining shrubs of the genus Argyreia having silvery leaves and showy purple flowers
a leafless annual parasitic vine of the genus Cuscuta having whitish or yellow filamentous stems; obtain nourishment through haustoria
Dichondra micrantha, dichondra
a creeping perennial herb with hairy stems and orbicular to reniform leaves and small white to greenish flowers; used as a grass substitute in warm regions
morning glory
any of various twining vines having funnel-shaped flowers that close late in the day
Glechoma hederaceae, Nepeta hederaceae, alehoof, field balm, gill-over-the-ground, ground ivy, runaway robin
trailing European aromatic plant of the mint family having rounded leaves and small purplish flowers often grown in hanging baskets; naturalized in North America; sometimes placed in genus Nepeta
Solanum crispum, potato tree
hardy climbing shrub of Chile grown as an ornamental for its fragrant flowers; not a true potato
Solanum commersonii, Uruguay potato, Uruguay potato vine
South American potato vine
Solanum jamesii, wild potato
erect or spreading perennial of southwestern United States and Mexico bearing small pale brown to cream-colored tubers resembling potatoes
Solanum jasmoides, potato vine
copiously branched vine of Brazil having deciduous leaves and white flowers tinged with blue
Solanum tuberosum, potato, white potato, white potato vine
annual native to South America having underground stolons bearing edible starchy tubers; widely cultivated as a garden vegetable; vines are poisonous
Solanum wendlandii, giant potato creeper, potato vine
vine of Costa Rica sparsely armed with hooklike spines and having large lilac-blue flowers
Salpichroa organifolia, Salpichroa rhomboidea, cock's eggs
weedy vine of Argentina having solitary white flowers followed by egg-shaped white or yellow fruit
a vine or climbing plant that readily grows up a support or over other plants
a woody climbing usually tropical plant
grape, grape vine, grapevine
any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries
Boston ivy, Japanese ivy, Parthenocissus tricuspidata
Asiatic vine with three-lobed leaves and purple berries
American ivy, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Virginia creeper, woodbine
common North American vine with compound leaves and bluish-black berrylike fruit
pepper vine, true pepper
any of various shrubby vines of the genus Piper
Araujia sericofera, cruel plant
robust twining shrub having racemes of fragrant white or pink flowers with flat spreading terminal petals that trap nocturnal moths and hold them until dawn
any plant of the genus Hoya having fleshy leaves and usually nectariferous flowers
Periploca graeca, silk vine
deciduous climber for arches and fences having ill-scented but interesting flowers and poisonous yellow fruits; cultivated for its dark shining foliage; southeastern Europe to Asia Minor
Sarcostemma acidum, haoma, soma
leafless East Indian vine; its sour milky juice formerly used to make an intoxicating drink
Vincetoxicum hirsutum, Vincetoxicum negrum, negro vine
twining vine with hairy foliage and dark purplish-brown flowers
Canada moonseed, Menispermum canadense, common moonseed, yellow parilla
a woody vine of eastern North America having large oval leaves and small white flowers and purple to blue-black fruits
Carolina moonseed, Cocculus carolinus
woody vine of southeastern United States resembling the common moonseed but having red fruits
any of various ornamental climbing plants of the genus Clematis usually having showy flowers
Clematis baldwinii, Viorna baldwinii, pine hyacinth
erect clematis of Florida having pink to purple flowers
Clematis crispa, blue jasmine, blue jessamine, curly clematis, marsh clematis
climber of southern United States having bluish-purple flowers
Clematis lasiantha, pipestem clematis
clematis of California
Clematis ochreleuca, curly-heads
shrubby clematis of the eastern United States having curly foliage
Clematis tangutica, golden clematis
Chinese clematis with serrate leaves and large yellow flowers
Clematis texensis, scarlet clematis
woody vine of Texas having showy solitary nodding scarlet flowers
Clematis versicolor, leather flower
woody vine of the southern United States having purple or blue flowers with leathery recurved sepals
Clematis viorna, leather flower, vase vine, vase-fine
scandent subshrub of southeastern United States having large red-purple bell-shaped flowers with leathery recurved sepals
Clematis virginiana, devil's darning needle, old man's beard, virgin's bower
common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowers
Clematis vitalba, old man's beard, traveler's joy, traveller's joy
vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumn
Clematis verticillaris, mountain clematis, purple clematis, purple virgin's bower
climber of northeastern North America having waxy purplish-blue flowers
legume, leguminous plant
an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
Allamanda cathartica, common allamanda, golden trumpet
vigorous evergreen climbing plant of South America having glossy leathery foliage and golden yellow flowers
Dipladenia boliviensis, Mandevilla boliviensis, white dipladenia
shrubby climber having glossy leaves and white funnel-shaped flowers with yellow throats
Chilean jasmine, Mandevilla laxa
woody vine of Argentina grown as an ornamental for its glossy leaves and racemes of large fragrant funnel-shaped creamy-white flowers
Epipremnum aureum, Scindapsus aureus, golden pothos, ivy arum, pothos
evergreen liana widely cultivated for its variegated foliage
any plant of the genus Monstera; often grown as houseplants
often grown as a houseplant
any of various tropical lianas of the genus Scindapsus
Aristolochia durior, Aristolochia macrophylla, Dutchman's-pipe, pipe vine
hardy deciduous vine having large leaves and flowers with the calyx tube curved like the bowl of a pipe
Aristolochia serpentaria, Virginia serpentaria, Virginia serpentary, Virginia snakeroot
birthwort of the eastern United States woodlands
Bougainvillea glabra, paper flower
Brazilian vine that tends to flower continuously
Agdestis, genus Agdestis
a genus with one species that is a rapidly growing climbing vine with tuberous roots; grown in hot climates
Dioscorea alata, water yam, white yam
grown in Australasia and Polynesia for its large root with fine edible white flesh
Chinese yam, Dioscorea batata, cinnamon vine
hardy Chinese vine naturalized in United States and cultivated as an ornamental climber for its glossy heart-shaped cinnamon-scented leaves and in the tropics for its edible tubers
Dioscorea bulbifera, air potato
yam of tropical Africa and Asia cultivated for it large tubers
Dioscorea trifida, cush-cush
tropical American yam with small yellow edible tubers
Cucurbita pepo, autumn pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin vine
a coarse vine widely cultivated for its large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin and numerous seeds; subspecies of Cucurbita pepo include the summer squashes and a few autumn squashes
Cucurbita pepo melopepo, summer squash, summer squash vine
any of various usually bushy plants producing fruit that is eaten while immature and before the rind or seeds harden
winter squash, winter squash plant
any of various plants of the species Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata producing squashes that have hard rinds and mature in the fall
Cucurbita foetidissima, Missouri gourd, buffalo gourd, calabazilla, prairie gourd, prairie gourd vine, wild pumpkin
perennial vine of dry parts of central and southwestern United States and Mexico having small hard mottled green inedible fruit
Bryonia alba, devil's turnip, white bryony
white-flowered vine having thick roots and bearing small black berries; Europe to Iran
Bryonia dioica, red bryony, wild hop
bryony having fleshy roots pale green flowers and very small red berries; Europe; North Africa; western Asia
melon, melon vine
any of various fruit of cucurbitaceous vines including: muskmelons; watermelons; cantaloupes; cucumbers
Ecballium elaterium, exploding cucumber, squirting cucumber, touch-me-not
Mediterranean vine having oblong fruit that when ripe expels its seeds and juice violently when touched
Lagenaria siceraria, bottle gourd, calabash
Old World climbing plant with hard-shelled bottle-shaped gourds as fruits
Luffa cylindrica, loofah, vegetable sponge
the loofah climber that has cylindrical fruit
Luffa acutangula, angled loofah, sing-kwa
loofah of Pakistan; widely cultivated throughout tropics
Momordica balsamina, balsam apple
a tropical Old World flowering vine with red or orange warty fruit
Momordica charantia, balsam pear
tropical Old World vine with yellow-orange fruit
Passiflora edulis, granadilla, purple granadillo
Brazilian passionflower cultivated for its deep purple fruit
Passiflora ligularis, granadilla, sweet granadilla
considered best for fruit
Passiflora quadrangularis, giant granadilla, granadilla
tropical American passionflower yielding the large granadilla fruit
Passiflora incarnata, maypop
of southern United States; having an insipid berry the size of a hen egg
Jamaica honeysuckle, Passiflora laurifolia, yellow granadilla
West Indian passionflower; cultivated for its yellow edible fruit
Passiflora mollissima, banana passion fruit
cultivated for fruit
Passiflora maliformis, sweet calabash
West Indian passionflower with edible apple-sized fruit
Passiflora foetida, love-in-a-mist, running pop, wild water lemon
tropical American passion flower with finely dissected bracts; stems malodorous when crushed
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
Smilax aspera, rough bindweed
creeping or climbing evergreen having spiny zigzag stems with shiny leaves and racemes of pale-green flowers; Canary Islands to southern Europe and Ethiopia and India
Kennedia coccinea, coral vine
prostrate or twining woody vine with small leathery leaves and umbels of red flowers; Australia and Tasmania
Kennedia prostrata, running postman, scarlet runner
hairy trailing or prostrate western Australian vine with bright scarlet-pink flowers
Lathyrus latifolius, broad-leaved everlasting pea, perennial pea
perennial climber of central and southern Europe having purple or pink or white flowers; naturalized in North America
Lathyrus niger, black pea
perennial of Europe and North Africa; foliage turns black in drying
Lathyrus nissolia, grass vetch, grass vetchling
annual European vetch with red flowers
Indian pea, Lathyrus sativus, grass pea, khesari
European annual grown for forage; seeds used for food in India and for stock elsewhere
Lathyrus sylvestris, flat pea, narrow-leaved everlasting pea
European perennial with mottled flowers of purple and pink; sometimes cultivated for fodder or as green manure
Lathyrus vernus, spring vetch, spring vetchling
bushy European perennial having nodding racemose violet-blue flowers
Strongylodon macrobotrys, emerald creeper, jade vine
vigorous Philippine evergreen twining liana; grown for spectacular festoons of green flowers that resemble lobster claws
Japanese wistaria, Wisteria floribunda
having flowers of pink to mauve or violet-blue
Chinese wistaria, Wisteria chinensis
having deep purple flowers
American wistaria, American wisteria, Wisteria frutescens
an eastern United States native resembling the cultivated Japanese wisteria having pale purple-lilac flowers
Wisteria venusta, silky wisteria
a wisteria of China having white flowers
Cardiospermum grandiflorum, heartseed
herbaceous vine of tropical America and Africa
Cardiospermum halicacabum, balloon vine, heart pea
woody perennial climbing plant with large ornamental seed pods that resemble balloons; tropical India and Africa and America
Convolvulus arvensis, field bindweed, wild morning-glory
weakly climbing European perennial with white or pink flowers; naturalized in North America and an invasive weed
Convolvulus scammonia, scammony
twining plant of Asia Minor having cream-colored to purple flowers and long thick roots yielding a cathartic resin
Calystegia sepium, Convolvulus sepium, hedge bindweed, wild morning-glory
common Eurasian and American wild climber with pink flowers; sometimes placed in genus Convolvulus
Cuscuta gronovii, love vine
leafless parasitic vine with dense clusters of small white bell-shaped flowers on orange-yellow stems that twine around clover or flax
Ipomoea purpurea, common morning glory
pantropical annual climbing herb with funnel-shaped blue, purple, pink or white flowers
Ipomoea tricolor, common morning glory
annual or perennial climbing herb of Central America having sky-blue flowers; most commonly cultivated morning glory
Indian pink, Ipomoea quamoclit, Quamoclit pennata, cypress vine, star-glory
tropical American annual climber having red (sometimes white) flowers and finely dissected leaves; naturalized in United States and elsewhere
Ipomoea alba, belle de nuit, moonflower
pantropical climber having white fragrant nocturnal flowers
Ipomoea batatas, sweet potato, sweet potato vine
pantropical vine widely cultivated in several varieties for its large sweet tuberous root with orange flesh
Ipomoea fastigiata, Ipomoea panurata, man-of-the-earth, manroot, scammonyroot, wild potato vine, wild sweet potato vine
tropical American prostrate or climbing herbaceous perennial having an enormous starchy root; sometimes held to be source of the sweet potato
Ipomoea coccinea, red morning-glory, star ipomoea
annual herb having scarlet flowers; the eastern United States
Ipomoea leptophylla, man-of-the-earth
a morning glory with long roots of western United States
Ipomoea orizabensis, scammony
tropical American morning glory
Ipomoea pes-caprae, beach morning glory, railroad vine
a prostrate perennial of coastal sand dunes Florida to Texas
Ipomoea nil, Japanese morning glory
annual Old World tropical climbing herb distinguished by wide color range and frilled or double flowers
Ipomoea imperialis, imperial Japanese morning glory
hybrid from Ipomoea nil
climbing fern
any of several ferns of the genus Lygodium that climb by twining
root climber
a plant that climbs by its adventitious roots e.g. ivy
Vitis labrusca, fox grape
native grape of northeastern United States; origin of many cultivated varieties e.g. Concord grapes
Vitis rotundifolia, muscadine
native grape of southeastern United States; origin of many cultivated varieties
Vitis vinifera, common grape vine, vinifera, vinifera grape
common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes
Madagascar pepper, Piper nigrum, black pepper, common pepper, pepper, white pepper
climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam
Piper longum, long pepper
slender tropical climber of the eastern Himalayas
Piper betel, betel, betel pepper
Asian pepper plant whose dried leaves are chewed with betel nut (seed of the betel palm) by southeast Asians
Java pepper, Piper cubeba, cubeb, cubeb vine
tropical southeast Asian shrubby vine bearing spicy berrylike fruits
any of various mostly giant tropical lianas of Africa and Madagascar having greenish or purple flowers and long smooth pods; roots formerly used as an emetic
honey plant
a plant that furnishes nectar suitable for making honey
Hoya carnosa, wax plant
succulent climber of southern Asia with umbels of pink and white star-shaped flowers
Type of:
tracheophyte, vascular plant
green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms

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