Definition of Celastrus
1. Noun. Genus of woody vines and erect shrubs (type genus of the Celastraceae) that is native chiefly to Asia and Australia: includes bittersweet.
Generic synonyms: Dicot Genus, Magnoliopsid Genus
Group relationships: Celastraceae, Family Celastraceae, Spindle-tree Family, Staff-tree Family
Member holonyms: Staff Tree, American Bittersweet, Bittersweet, Celastrus Scandens, Climbing Bittersweet, False Bittersweet, Shrubby Bittersweet, Staff Vine, Waxwork, Celastric Articulatus, Celastrus Orbiculatus, Japan Bittersweet, Japanese Bittersweet, Oriental Bittersweet
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Literary usage of Celastrus
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Country Life: A Handbook of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Landscape Gardening by Robert Morris Copeland (1866)
"... which trail over rocks and creep up tree stems as freely as Woodbine, or Celastrus scandens. Why should they not be grown here as well as in England? ..."
2. The Flower Garden: Or, Breck's Book of Flowers; in which are Described All by Joseph Breck (1856)
"Celastrus. Celastrus scandens.—Wax-work. Climbing Staff.—A strong, woody vine, twining around small trees, and over rocks and bushes, growing in moist ..."
3. Prodromus Florae Peninsulae Indiae Orientalis: Containing Abridged by Robert Wight, George Arnott Walker Arnott (1834)
"... and under the same Heyne and the missionaries transmitted specimens to Willdenow and Roth, by whom they were published in Europe cither as Celastrus ..."
4. An Encyclopædia of Trees and Shrubs: Being the Arboretum Et Fruticetum by John Claudius Loudon (1853)
"... prefers a strong loamy soil, rather moist than dry; and is readily propagated by seeds, layers, or cuttings. ,n. Mimm .cindo Other Species of Celastrus. ..."
5. The American Journal of Horticulture and Florist's Companion (1869)
"Celastrus SCANDENS. THIS hardy native climber deserves more general cultivation. It is variously known as Roxbury Wax-Work or Climbing Bittersweet. ..."