traveller's joy


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traveller's joy

n
(Plants) a ranunculaceous Old World climbing plant, Clematis vitalba, having white flowers and heads of feathery plumed fruits. Also called: old man's beard
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Noun1.traveller's joy - vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumntraveller's joy - vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumn
clematis - any of various ornamental climbing plants of the genus Clematis usually having showy flowers
References in classic literature ?
She had plunged the breakfast dishes into a tin dish-pan and was bending above it with her slim arms bared to the elbow, the steam from the hot water beading her forehead and tightening her rough hair into little brown rings like the tendrils on the traveller's joy.
Our wild clematis, traveller's joy, scrambles and rambles through hedges, up trees and over banks, adorning its hosts with its vigorous vines.
On russet floors, by waters idle, The pine lets fall its cone; The cuckoo shouts all day at nothing In leafy dells alone; And traveller's joy beguiles in autumn Hearts that have lost their own.
To which flower family does traveller's joy or old man's beard belong?
Check out winter-flowering crocus, Spanish traveller's joy (Clematis cirrhosa), and Michaelmas daisies.