ground ivy

noun
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for ground ivy

Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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

  • Here the strong teazle will presently stand high; here the ground-ivy will dot the mound with bluish-purple.

    The Open Air

    Richard Jefferies

  • Spruce and hemlock sprouted everywhere, and garlands of ground-ivy festooned walls and chancel.


British Dictionary definitions for ground ivy

ground ivy

noun
  1. 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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