Ivy meaning

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A climbing vine (Hedera helix) of the ginseng family, with a woody stem and evergreen leaves, grown as ornamentation on buildings, walls, etc.
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(person, proper) A feminine name.
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Any of various similar climbing plants, as ground ivy or poison ivy.
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The definition of ivy is an evergreen climbing plant.

An example of ivy is poison ivy.

An example of ivy is ornamental ivy that climbs up the side of buildings and walls.

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Of or characteristic of the Ivy League.
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Any of several woody, climbing, or trailing evergreen plants of the genus Hedera.
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A female given name; popular in the UK in the beginning of the 20th century.
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(informal) A university in the Ivy League.

Cornell is one of the Ivies. Which Ivy has the most students?

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Origin of ivy

  • Middle English ivi from Old English īfig

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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’).

    From Wiktionary

  • From ivy, the name of a plant.

    From Wiktionary