noun, plural ivies.
Also called English ivy. a climbing vine, Hedera helix, having smooth, shiny, evergreen leaves, small, yellowish flowers, and black berries, grown as an ornamental.
any of various other climbing or trailing plants.
(often initial capital letter) Ivy League ( def 2 ).
New England, mountain laurel.

before 900; Middle English ivi; Old English ifig; akin to German Efeu

ivylike, adjective
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ivy (ˈaɪvɪ)
n , pl ivies
1.  any woody climbing or trailing araliaceous plant of the Old World genus Hedera, esp H. helix, having lobed evergreen leaves and black berry-like fruits
2.  any of various other climbing or creeping plants, such as Boston ivy, poison ivy, and ground ivy
[Old English īfig; related to Old High German ebah, perhaps to Greek iphuon a plant]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ifig, from W.Gmc. *ibakhs (cf. M.L.G. iflof, Du. eiloof, O.H.G. ebahewi, Ger. Efeu), of unknown origin; the second element in the O.H.G. word may be "hay." Ivy bush as a sign of a tavern where wine is served is attested from 1436. Ivy League, inspired by the notion of old, ivy-coated walls, dates
to 1933. (It consists of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale).
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