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ground ivy

a creeping, aromatic plant, Glechoma hederacea, of the mint family, having rounded leaves and whorling clusters of small blue flowers.
Also called gill-over-the-ground.
Origin of ground ivy
1300-50; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Fairyfoot had hard work guiding them along the track of the ground-ivy.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • Among the plants so affected are the germander speedwell, wild thyme, ground-ivy, and others to which we shall afterwards advert.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • And she pointed to the hedge-side, where there were violet, forget-me-not, bird's-eye and ground-ivy all growing together.

    The Land's End W. H. Hudson
  • Here the strong teazle will presently stand high; here the ground-ivy will dot the mound with bluish-purple.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • But it will be necessary to walk slowly to find the ground-ivy flowers under the cover of the briers.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • Spruce and hemlock sprouted everywhere, and garlands of ground-ivy festooned walls and chancel.

  • They rode in under the boughs, the ground-ivy crackling under the hoofs, and the branches striking against their steel caps.

    The Secret Rose W. B. Yeats
  • ground-ivy is said by the natives to possess many more virtues than are known to our botanists.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
British Dictionary definitions for ground-ivy

ground ivy

a creeping or trailing Eurasian aromatic herbaceous plant, Glechoma (or Nepeta) hederacea, with scalloped leaves and purplish-blue flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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