One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several woody vines of the grape family.
Genus Ampelopsis, family Vitaceae: several species, including American ampelopsis (A. cordata), the pepper vine (ampelopsis arborea) and the porcelainberry (A. brevipedunculata)
- ‘I don't think its a type of Ampelopsis although the leaves look similar.’
- ‘I have collected in the last quarter of a century more than 30 different varieties of Ampelopsis and Parthenocissus.’
- ‘This variety of Ampelopsis is easily kept within bounds, it actually only climbs to 8 ft. or so.’
Modern Latin, from Greek ampelos ‘vine’ + opsis ‘appearance’.
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