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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ipomoea \Ip`o*m[oe]"a\ ([i^]p`[-o]*m[=e]"[.a]), prop. n. [NL. "Named, according to Linn[ae]us, from Gr. 'i`ps, 'ipo`s, a bindweed [which it is not], and "o`moios like." --Gray.] (Bot.) A genus of twining plants with showy monopetalous flowers, including the morning-glory, the sweet potato, and the cypress vine. [1913 Webster]