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Bine

Bine can mean any of the following:

  • Bine (mythology), a guardian of hell in Akkadian mythology
  • Bine (botany), a category of climbing plants which support themselves by the shoots growing in a helix around a support
  • Bine language, a Papuan language of Papua New Guinea
  • Binə, Baku, a settlement in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Binə, Khojavend, a village in Khojavend Rayon, Azerbaijan
  • Bine Consulting, a software-development company in Canada
  • Bine Rogelj (born 1929), Yugoslavian ski jumper

Bine (mythology)

Bine, or Bryth, refers to a mythical account of death and resurrection in Akkadian mythology. Its closest analogue in Greek mythology is Cerberus, in its guardianship of hell.

In the myth, it was described as a bearer of unwanted souls and the supplier of wings to exiting demons. Hell, in a sense, could not let demons go as long as they threatened to bring the wrath of the Almighty down upon them. Bine had the power to change captured souls into wings: the more souls you captured, the Bine could make your wings grow. Yet Bine himself was not immortal — he was a carpenter that worked for demons, before the archdemon of Akkadian lore banished him to guard the entrance in order that wayward demons could venture and build the army for the Second Coming.

Bine (botany)

A bine is a climbing plant that climbs by its shoots growing in a helix around a support. (Compare vines, which climb using tendrils or suckers.) Many bines have rough stems or downward-pointing bristles to aid their grip. Hops (used in flavoring beer) are a commercially important example of a bine.

Wiktionary

bine

n. (context botany English) A climbing plant which climbs by its shoots growing in a helix around a support (distinct from a vine, which climbs using tendrils or suckers).

WordNet

bine

n. European twining plant whose flowers are used chiefly to flavor malt liquors; cultivated in America [syn: common hop, common hops, European hop, Humulus lupulus]

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bine

Bine \Bine\, n. [ Bind, cf. Woodbine.] The winding or twining stem of a hop vine or other climbing plant.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

bine

"climbing stem, flexible shoot of a shrub," 1727, from a dialectal form of bind (n.).

Usage examples of "bine".

The sheaf grows under her fingers, it is bound about with a girdle of twisted stalks, in which mingle the green bine of convolvulus and the pink-streaked bells that must fade.

The first frosts, on the other hand, shrivel the bines of white bryony, which part and hang separated, and in the spring a fresh bine pushes up with greyish green leaves and tendrils feeling for support.

As it withers, the many-pointed leaf of the white bryony and the bine as it shrivels, in like manner, do their part.

The heart-shaped leaves have dropped from the bine, leaving thick bunches of red and green berries clustering about the greyish stem of the oak.

Thrusting itself into the tangle, long woody bines of bittersweet hang their clusters of red berries, and above and over all the hoary clematis spreads its beard, whitening to meet the winter.

Her notion of the passion was parasitic: man the tree, woman the bine: but the bine was flame to enwind and to soar, serpent to defend, immortal flowers to crown.

Her notion of the passion was parasitic: man the tree, woman the bine: but the bine was flame to enwind and to soar, serpent to defend, immortal flowers to crown.

I was in the fields, with the other women and the last of the harvest, the way it is, we work only with the living Plants, so we tend the Bines all summer, soon as the Cones are picked, and dead, it is then the Men take over, net?

In fact, if his late father had once had a hundred concu bines, it was quite possible his people thought having just one was the ultimate in self-denial and restraint on his part.

THE THRUSH IN FEBRUARY I know him, February's thrush, And loud at eve he valentines On sprays that paw the naked bush Where soon will sprout the thorns and bines.