Definition of ivy in English:


Syllabification: i·vy
Pronunciation: /ˈīvē


  • 1A woody evergreen Eurasian climbing plant, typically having shiny, dark green five-pointed leaves.
    • Genus Hedera, family Araliaceae: several species, in particular the common English ivy (H. helix), which is often seen climbing on tree trunks and walls
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    • Standards of plants not requiring dormant cycles, such as bougainvillea, hibiscus, ivies or geraniums, have a simple winter culture.
    • Spider plants and ivies are ideal for desks, and a large-leaved Ficus lyrata or Phoenix roebelinii will cheer up a bare corner.
    • Containers can be given a new lease of life by replacing these plants with autumn and winter specimens such as pansies, winter-flowering heathers, hardy cyclamen and evergreen ivies.
  • 1.1Used in names of climbing plants similar to ivy, e.g., poison ivy, Boston ivy.
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    • I don't much like poison ivy but that doesn't mean I don't like ivy, or plants.
    • Boston Ivy can easily climb tree bark, wooden fences, concrete masonry, and brick or stone walls.
    • Boston Ivy, Parthenocissus tricuspidata is a deciduous vine with tendrils. Boston Ivy has glossy dark green leaves that turn bright red in the fall.


Old English īfig, of Germanic origin; related to the first elements of Dutch eiloof and German Efeu.

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