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ivy

Syllabification: i·vy
Pronunciation: /ˈīvē
 
/

Definition of ivy in English:

noun

1A woody evergreen Eurasian climbing plant, typically having shiny, dark green five-pointed leaves.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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