ivy

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noun

plural ivies
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: 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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ivy

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adjective

Examples of ivy in a Sentence

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Noun
Will English ivy growing up a tree’s trunk harm the tree? Neil Sperry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 June 2024 Still, indoor plants do help somewhat, and sites like HGTV, Good Housekeeping and Air Health have many suggestions on the best for air quality, including: Spider plant Aloe vera English ivy Bamboo palm Snake plant Peace lily Keep in mind some of these plants can be toxic to pets. Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 13 Mar. 2024
Adjective
The actress, who's known for being something of an amateur equestrian, appears to be bending over to give her horse Ivy water through a tiny straw. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 21 June 2017 See all Example Sentences for ivy 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ivy was before the 12th century

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“Ivy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ivy. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

ivy

noun
ˈī-vē
plural ivies
1
: a climbing woody vine with glossy evergreen leaves, small yellowish flowers, and black berries that is often grown on the outside of buildings

called also English ivy

2
: any of several climbing plants (as Virginia creeper or poison ivy) resembling ivy

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