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ivy

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noun \ˈī-vē\

Definition of ivy

plural

ivies

  1. 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. 2 :  any of several climbing plants (such as Virginia creeper) resembling ivy; especially :  poison ivy

  3. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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ivy

adjective

Definition of ivy

  1. 1 :  academic

  2. 2 :  ivy league

Origin and Etymology of ivy

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


First Known Use: 1933


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. 1 :  a climbing vine with evergreen leaves and black berries often found growing on buildings

  2. 2 :  a climbing plant that resembles ivy


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