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ivy

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noun \ ˈī-vē \

Definition of ivy

plural ivies
1 :a widely cultivated ornamental climbing or prostrate or sometimes shrubby chiefly Eurasian vine (Hedera helix) of the ginseng family with evergreen leaves, small yellowish flowers, and black berries
2 :any of several climbing plants (such as Virginia creeper) resembling ivy; especially :poison ivy
3 often capitalized :an Ivy League college

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Origin and Etymology of ivy

Middle English, from Old English īfig; akin to Old High German ebah ivy


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ivy

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Definition of ivy

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Origin and Etymology of ivy

from the prevalence of ivy-covered buildings on the campuses of older U.S. colleges


IVY Defined for English Language Learners

ivy

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Definition of ivy for English Language Learners

  • : a plant that has long stems and that often grows on the outsides of buildings


IVY Defined for Kids

ivy

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noun \ ˈī-vē \

Definition of ivy for Students

plural ivies
1 :a climbing vine with evergreen leaves and black berries often found growing on buildings
2 :a climbing plant that resembles ivy

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