noun, plural i·vies.
- ivory-billed woodpecker,
- ivy geranium,
- ivy league,
- ivy vine,
Origin of ivy
Examples from the Web for ivy
From the religious (‘The Holly and the Ivy’) to the secular (‘The Chipmunk Song’), my top 20.
In Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy, the self-induced, self-absorbed Greek tragedy of Andrew Lohse.
The Ivy League and other top schools are producing no more than ‘excellent sheep,’ says William Deresiewicz.
I used to work at an elite Manhattan hedge fund that recruited almost exclusively from the Ivy League and its equivalents.The Ivy League Provides the Best Trade Schools Around|Nick Romeo|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
CrowdMed is also a system where Ivy League diplomas and prestigious residencies carry no clout.Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return|Kevin Zawacki|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Beyond it, amid tall elms, was the old church with its square tower hung with ivy.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906|Lucy Maud Montgomery
Over head the wind plays in the garlands of ivy, and the clouds pass swiftly across the deep blue sky.The Wye and Its Associations|Leitch Ritchie
Ivy was growing in fresh clusters between the crevices of the polished rock.The Dead Command|Vicente Blasco Ibez
The rocks by the stream were often covered with ivy and overhung by sprays of pink roses.Kashmir|Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
We descend, skirting for some distance the monastery walls, over which patches of ivy hang like green shawls.Saunterings|Charles Dudley Warner
noun plural ivies
Word Origin for ivy
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).