poison ivy

noun

Definition of poison ivy

1a : a climbing plant (Toxicodendron radicans synonym Rhus radicans) of the cashew family that is especially common in the eastern and central U.S., that has ternate leaves, greenish flowers, and white berries, and that produces an irritating oil causing a usually intensely itching skin rash
b : any of several plants closely related to poison ivy
2 : a skin rash caused by poison ivy

Illustration of poison ivy

Illustration of poison ivy

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Examples of poison ivy in a Sentence

I got poison ivy all over my arm.
Recent Examples on the Web Poison oak leaves are more rounded and irregular looking compared to poison ivy. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 Your costume can be made up of green shorts, a green corset or top, poison ivy tights and even a green wig! Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 12 May 2022 This comes down to an overreaction by the immune system to a particular substance like poison ivy or a fragrance in shampoo or soap, Dr. Stevenson explains. Claire Gillespie, SELF, 23 Mar. 2022 Adventurers must be able to hike without assistance in rugged terrain, steep grades, slippery stream bottoms and encounter downed trees, poison ivy and stream crossings. cleveland, 21 Mar. 2022 This multi-use product is great to have on hand in the summertime for treating everything from bug bites to poison ivy. Susan Brickell, Health.com, 17 May 2021 The moth caterpillars have poisonous hairs that can cause respiratory trouble and a rash that resembles poison ivy. Fox News, 7 Feb. 2022 Companies that specialize in removing poison ivy also sometimes take on the work of removing English ivy. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021 But poison ivy, also a native plant, has three leaflets instead of five. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of poison ivy

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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25 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for poison ivy

poison ivy

noun

Kids Definition of poison ivy

1 : a usually climbing plant that has leaves with three leaflets and can cause an itchy painful rash when touched
2 : a skin rash caused by poison ivy

poison ivy

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\ -ˈī-vē How to pronounce poison ivy (audio) \

Medical Definition of poison ivy

1a : a climbing plant of the genus Rhus (R. radicans synonym Toxicodendron radicans) that is especially common in the eastern and central United States, that has leaves in groups of three, greenish flowers, and white berries, and that produces an acutely irritating oil causing a usually intensely itching skin rash
b : any of several plants closely related to poison ivy especially : poison oak sense 1b
2 : a skin rash produced by poison ivy

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