ivy

[ ahy-vee ]
/ ˈaɪ vi /

noun, plural i·vies.

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.

adjective

(often initial capital letter) Ivy League (def. 2).
New England. mountain laurel.

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Origin of ivy

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ivy

i·vy·like, adjective

Definition for ivy (2 of 2)

Ivy
[ ahy-vee ]
/ ˈaɪ vi /

noun

a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for ivy

ivy
/ (ˈaɪvɪ) /

noun plural 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 of ivy

ivy-like, adjective

Word Origin for ivy

Old English īfig; related to Old High German ebah, perhaps to Greek iphuon a plant
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