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Inflections of ' ivy' ( ): n noun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. : ivies npl plural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 i•vy /ˈaɪvi/
USA pronunciation n., pl. i•vies.
a climbing vine of the ginseng family, from Eurasia and N Africa, having smooth, shiny evergreen leaves: beautiful ivy growing up the sides of the building. [ uncountable ] : [ countable ] replanting a few ivies. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 i•vy
(ī ′vē), USA pronunciation n., pl. i•vies, adj. n.
Plant BiologyAlso called English ivy. a climbing vine, Hedera helix, having smooth, shiny, evergreen leaves, small, yellowish flowers, and black berries, grown as an ornamental.
Plant Biologyany of various other climbing or trailing plants.— adj.
Education( often cap.) See Ivy League (def. 2). Dialect Terms See [New England. ] mountain laurel.
i ′vy•like′, adj.
bef. 900; Middle English ivi; Old English ifig; akin to German Efeu I•vy
(ī ′vē), USA pronunciation n.
a female given name.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ivy / ˈaɪvɪ/ n ( ) pl ivies any woody climbing or trailing araliaceous plant of the Old World genus Hedera, esp H. helix, having lobed evergreen leaves and black berry-like fruits any of various other climbing or creeping plants, such as Boston ivy, poison ivy, and ground ivy Etymology: Old English īfig; related to Old High German ebah, perhaps to Greek iphuon a plant ˈivy-ˌlike adj
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