Definition of convolvulus in US English:

convolvulus

noun

  • A twining plant with trumpet-shaped flowers, some kinds of which (such as bindweed) are invasive weeds, while others, especially morning glories, are cultivated for their bright flowers.

    Genus Convolvulus, family Convolvulaceae

    • ‘In the Autumn, when the convolvulus has taken over suburban Australian gardens, strangling trees, insinuating itself into garden sheds, creeping across garden paths, the very name declares its despised status as a weed.’
    • ‘The wide verges were tangled with the trumpets of field convolvulus, a smaller version of the plant that plays so loud in the hedges at this time of the year.’
    • ‘Some other plants had survived, a small convolvulus, golden lamium and creeping geranium were beginning to sprout so these were potted up but the lining fell to bits when the basket was emptied.’
    • ‘To one side the River Seven meandered, thick with willow, purple with balsam and white with convolvulus.’
    • ‘One is a convolvulus called Goat's Foot Morning Glory, the other is Beach Bean, from the pea family and named for its huge woody seeds.’

Origin

Latin, ‘bindweed’, from convolvere ‘roll together’ (see convolve).

Pronunciation

convolvulus

/kənˈvɑlvjəˌləs//kənˈvälvyəˌləs/