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[ahy-vee] /ˈaɪ vi/
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • That evening Mr. Gooch went home with the ivys whom, as he was now adrift, he purposed adopting.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for ivys


noun (pl) ivies
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
any of various other climbing or creeping plants, such as Boston ivy, poison ivy, and ground ivy
Derived Forms
ivy-like, adjective
Word Origin
Old English īfig; related to Old High German ebah, perhaps to Greek iphuon a plant
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Word Origin and History for ivys



Old English ifig, from West Germanic *ibakhs (cf. Middle Low German iflof, Dutch eiloof, Old High German ebahewi, German Efeu), of unknown origin; the second element in the Old High German word might be "hay."

Ivy bush as a sign of a tavern where wine is served is attested from mid-15c. Ivy League, inspired by the notion of old, ivy-coated walls, dates to 1933 (perhaps originally in reference to football; it consists of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale).

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