- a creeping, aromatic plant, Glechoma hederacea, of the mint family, having rounded leaves and whorling clusters of small blue flowers.
Origin of ground ivy
Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
Also called gill-over-the-ground.
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Examples from the Web for ground ivy
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
But it will be necessary to walk slowly to find the ground-ivy flowers under the cover of the briers.
Here the strong teazle will presently stand high; here the ground-ivy will dot the mound with bluish-purple.
Spruce and hemlock sprouted everywhere, and garlands of ground-ivy festooned walls and chancel.Children of the Tenements
Jacob A. Riis
- a creeping or trailing Eurasian aromatic herbaceous plant, Glechoma (or Nepeta) hederacea, with scalloped leaves and purplish-blue flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
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