Boston ivy


: a woody Asian vine (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) of the grape family typically having 3-lobed leaves

Examples of Boston ivy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hugging vines like fig ivy, English ivy and Boston ivy (curiously, all unrelated) do nothing to pull brick, stone or mortar apart. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Feb. 2021 Dense clouds of wisteria and Boston ivy climb across the pool house’s roof, lending the impression that it’s rooted firmly in place. New York Times, 16 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Boston ivy was circa 1900

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“Boston ivy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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Boston ivy

Bos·​ton ivy
: a woody Asian vine that is related to the grape, has leaves with three lobes, and often grows over walls

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