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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several woody, climbing, or trailing evergreen plants of the genus Hedera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with ivy.
  • n. An epiphytic climbing plant of the genus Hedera (H. Helix), natural order Araliaceæ, and the type of the series Hedereæ.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Old World vine with lobed evergreen leaves and black berrylike fruits

Etymologies

Middle English ivi, from Old English īfig.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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