Ivy on a brick wall.
English ivy growing on a stone wall.
- An example of ivy is poison ivy.
- An example of ivy is ornamental ivy that climbs up the side of buildings and walls.
- a climbing vine (Hedera helix) of the ginseng family, with a woody stem and evergreen leaves, grown as ornamentation on buildings, walls, etc.
- any of various similar climbing plants, as ground ivy or poison ivy
Origin of ivyMiddle English ivi from Old English ifig, ifegn, akin to German efeu (OHG ebawi, ebah): origin, originally sense probably “climber”
Origin of Ivyfrom ivy
- a. A widely cultivated evergreen climbing plant (Hedera helix) native to Eurasia, having palmately lobed leaves, root-bearing young stems, small green flowers grouped in umbels, and blackish or yellowish berries. Also called English ivy .b. Any of several other woody, climbing or trailing evergreen plants of the genus Hedera of the Northern Hemisphere.
- a. Any of various creeping or trailing plants of other genera, such as Boston ivy, ground ivy, or Virginia creeper.b. Poison ivy.
- Ivy Informal A university in the Ivy League: Cornell is one of the Ivies. Which Ivy has the most students?
Origin of ivyMiddle English ivi from Old English īfig
From Middle English ivi, from Old English īfig, from Proto-Germanic *ibahs (compare West Flemish iefte, Low German Eiloov, Ieloof, German Efeu), from Proto-Indo-European *(h₁)ebʰ- (compare Welsh efwr ‘black elder’, Ancient Greek iphyon ‘plant’).
- A female given name; popular in the UK in the beginning of the 20th century.
From ivy, the name of a plant.