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poison ivy

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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.
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Origin of poison ivy

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Historical Examples

  • She leaped to her feet and fought them wildly with her branch of poison-ivy.

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    Gouverneur Morris

  • The hand in which she had held the poison-ivy was beginning to itch and swell.

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    Gouverneur Morris

  • Poison-ivy vines often are hidden in long grass and in foliage.

  • Do poison-ivy and Virginia creeper belong to the same family?

  • I'd thought of poison-ivy or some kind of plant they'd been grubbing at.

    Average Jones

    Samuel Hopkins Adams


British Dictionary definitions for poison ivy

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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