American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several woody, climbing or trailing evergreen plants of the genus Hedera native to the Old World, especially H. helix, having palmately lobed leaves, root-bearing young stems, and small green flowers grouped in umbels.
- n. Informal A university in the Ivy League. Often used in the plural: Cornell is one of the Ivies.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An epiphytic climbing plant of the genus Hedera (H. Helix), natural order Araliaceæ, and the type of series Hedereæ. The leaves are smooth and shining, varying much in form, from oval entire to 3- and 5-lobed; and their perpetual verdure gives the plant a beautiful appearance. The flowers are greenish and inconspicuous, disposed in globose umbels, and are succeeded by deepgreen or almost black berries. H. Helix (the common ivy) is found throughout almost the whole of Europe, and in many parts of Asia and Africa. It is plentiful in Great Britain, growing in hedges and woods, and on old buildings, rocks, and trunks of trees. A variety called the Irish ivy is much cultivated on account of the large size of its foliage and its very rapid growth. The ivy attains a great age, the stem ultimately becoming several inches thick and capable of supporting the weight of the plant. The wood is soft and porous, and when cut into very thin plates is used for filtering liquids. In Switzerland and the south of Europe it is employed for making various useful articles. The ivy has been celebrated from remote antiquity, and was held sacred in some countries, as Greece and Egypt.
- n. Ground-pine: chiefly in the compound herb-ivy.
- n. In Australia, the cultivated varieties of Pelargonium peltatum, commonly known as ivy-leaved geraniums, which are there trained over fences and walls, sometimes to a height of 20 or 30 feet, supplanting the English or common ivy in this use. See ivy-leaved geranium.
- n. The Macquarie Harbor grape, Calacinum adpressum.
- n. The naturalized Cape or German ivy, Senecio mikanioides. See Senecio, 1.
- To cover with ivy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Hedera (Hedera helix), common in Europe. Its leaves are evergreen, dark, smooth, shining, and mostly five-pointed; the flowers yellowish and small; the berries black or yellow. The stem clings to walls and trees by rootlike fibers.
- n. Old World vine with lobed evergreen leaves and black berrylike fruits
- From Middle English ivi, from Old English īfig, from Proto-Germanic *ibahs (compare West Flemish iefte, Low German Eiloov, Ieloof, German Efeu), from Proto-Indo-European *(h₁)ebʰ- (compare Welsh efwr ‘black elder’, Ancient Greek iphyon ‘plant’). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ivi, from Old English īfig. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Settle, then, which -- plant or ivy -- Dickens supposed the reader to know least about, and which, therefore, Dickens was telling him about; and you settle which word -- _plant_ or _ivy_ -- is the subject.”
“Poison ivy is rarely desirable, but the orange-red leaves of this woody-stemmed vine are quite ornamental.”
“Both the poison ivy and the Virginia creeper are native to eastern North America, but the English ivy is a native of Europe that is now naturalized in many parts of the U.S.”
“One caution: Poison ivy is abundant, with some plants topping 5 feet in height.”
“I think there are years of GOP propaganda taught in ivy league economic classes that need to be scrubbed away.”
“The poison ivy is turning red, the air was filled with dragonflies, and the western sky was catching fire.”
“Poison ivy is not too common, but in some ravines with more moisture, it is smart to look out!”
“About 10 minutes before the gates open to the public (which is 90 minutes before first pitch), control of the park is switched from a 24-hour operations center on the service level to the command post, a 15 by 20 foot building, partially covered in ivy, just beyond the bullpens in left-center field.”
“The trees are painted on drywall, the houses are 3 feet deep, even the ivy is two-dimensional.”
“The kitchen was, to her, the place of chief delight, for it ran all across the back of the house, with a row of low windows wreathed in ivy and commanding a wide view across the meadow lands beside the river.”
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