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staff treeor staff vine
[From the early modern misidentification of bittersweet (Celastrus) as the tree called kēlastros in Greek (actually the holly Ilex aquifolium), said by Theophrastus to have wood useful only for making staves for the elderly .]
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|Noun||1.||staff vine - twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds|
Celastrus scandens, climbing bittersweet, false bittersweet, shrubby bittersweet, waxwork, American bittersweet, bittersweet
Celastrus, genus Celastrus - genus of woody vines and erect shrubs (type genus of the Celastraceae) that is native chiefly to Asia and Australia: includes bittersweet
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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