poison ivy

noun
  1. a vine or shrub, Rhus radicans, having trifoliate leaves and whitish berries and causing severe dermatitis when touched by persons sensitive to it.
  2. poison oak.
  3. the rash caused by touching poison ivy.

Origin of poison ivy

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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poison ivy

noun
  1. any of several North American anacardiaceous shrubs or vines of the genus Rhus (or Toxicodendron), esp R. radicans, which has small green flowers and whitish berries that cause an itching rash on contactSee also sumach (def. 1)
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poison ivy in Medicine

poison ivy

n.
  1. A North American shrub or vine that has compound leaves with three leaflets, small green flowers, and whitish berries and that causes a rash on contact.poison oak
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