a twining, woody, North American vine (Berchemia scandens
) of the buckthorn
family, with tough stems, greenish-white flowers, and dark-purple fruit
a tropical American woody vine (Paullinia curassavica
) of the soapberry
family, the wood of which is used for walking sticks
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