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Ivy growing near and climbing up trees.



From Middle English ivi, from Old English īfiġ, from Proto-West Germanic *ibig, *ibag, *ibah, 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 ἴφυον (íphuon, spike-lavender, Lavandula Spica)).


  • enPR: īʹvē, IPA(key): /ˈaɪvi/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪvi



ivy (countable and uncountable, plural ivies)

  1. Any of several woody, climbing, or trailing evergreen plants of the genus Hedera.
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      Hidden timber elements, lintels and roof tiles have also been replaced, in addition to gaining a new paint job and guttering drainage, and the removal of ivy that was damaging the exterior.
  2. (by extension) Any similar plant of any genus.




  • (plants in Hedera): See Hedera.

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