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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ivy
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Ivy League, the
▪ an Ivy League college
poison ivy
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
poison
▪ Even then you'd be a weed or poison ivy.
▪ A thin waxy slip of poison ivy was entwined around one of the legs.
▪ What is the poison ivy that so jealously guards our dark fortress?
▪ The back of his knee itched from poison ivy.
▪ Garnish with a fruit and a sprig of poison ivy.
■ VERB
cover
▪ The house is covered in creepers and ivy.
▪ It is a graceful, well-proportioned brick house, covered with ivy, encircled by lawns, flowers and trees.
▪ The yew trees grew densely, some of them covered with ivy that rustled and rattled.
▪ Is the house made of wood or stone, and is it covered with ivy?
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
snow-clad/ivy-clad etc
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Above the sink, ivy had burrowed its way through the walls and was now spreading in profusion towards the ceiling.
▪ But to the right of the window he'd opened he found an old ivy creeper clawed to the brickwork.
▪ Garnish with a fruit and a sprig of poison ivy.
▪ I remember a fine round tower covered in ivy.
▪ In the woodland or amongst the ivy, grey squirrels are often found.
▪ Iron gates open to a courtyard filled with pots of geraniums and ivy tucked next to rusted bistro tables and chairs.
▪ Is the house made of wood or stone, and is it covered with ivy?
▪ Like much of the ivy in the garden they once inhabited window boxes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ivy

Ivy \I"vy\, n.; pl. Ivies. [AS. [=i]fig; akin to OHG. ebawi, ebah, G. epheu.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus Hedera ( Hedera helix), common in Europe. Its leaves are evergreen, dark, smooth, shining, and mostly five-pointed; the flowers yellowish and small; the berries black or yellow. The stem clings to walls and trees by rootlike fibers.

Direct The clasping ivy where to climb.
--Milton.

Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere.
--Milton.

American ivy. (Bot.) See Virginia creeper.

English ivy (Bot.), a popular name in America for the ivy proper ( Hedera helix).

German ivy (Bot.), a creeping plant, with smooth, succulent stems, and fleshy, light-green leaves; a species of Senecio ( Senecio scandens).

Ground ivy. (Bot.) Gill ( Nepeta Glechoma).

Ivy bush. (Bot.) See Mountain laurel, under Mountain.

Ivy owl (Zo["o]l.), the barn owl.

Ivy tod (Bot.), the ivy plant.
--Tennyson.

Japanese ivy (Bot.), a climbing plant ( Ampelopsis tricuspidata), closely related to the Virginia creeper.

Poison ivy (Bot.), an American woody creeper ( Rhus Toxicodendron), with trifoliate leaves, and greenish-white berries. It is exceedingly poisonous to the touch for most persons.

To pipe in an ivy leaf, to console one's self as best one can. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

West Indian ivy, a climbing plant of the genus Marcgravia.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
ivy

Old English ifig, from West Germanic *ibakhs (cognates: Middle Low German iflof, Dutch eiloof, Old High German ebahewi, German Efeu), of unknown origin; the second element in the Old High German word might be "hay."\n

\nIvy bush as a sign of a tavern where wine is served is attested from mid-15c. Ivy League, inspired by the notion of old, ivy-coated walls, dates to 1933 (perhaps originally in reference to football; it consists of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale).

Wiktionary
ivy

n. 1 Any of several woody, climbing(,) or trailing evergreen plants of the genus ''Hedera''. 2 Any similar plant of any genus.

WordNet
ivy

n. Old World vine with lobed evergreen leaves and black berrylike fruits [syn: common ivy, English ivy, Hedera helix]

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Wikipedia
Ivy (band)

Ivy is an American indie pop band composed of a trio of musicians: Andy Chase, Adam Schlesinger, and Dominique Durand.

Ivy (singer)

Park Eun Hye ( Hangul: 박은혜; born November 7, 1982), who uses the stage name Ivy (Hangul: 아이비; stylized as IVY), is a South Korean singer, model and actress.

Ivy (1947 film)

Ivy is a 1947 American crime film noir directed by Sam Wood and written by Charles Bennett, based on The Story of Ivy, the novel written by Marie Belloc Lowndes. The drama features Joan Fontaine, Patric Knowles and Herbert Marshall. The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.

The song, " Ivy", written for the film by Hoagy Carmichael, has become a jazz standard.

Ivy (name)

Ivy is a given name or surname.

Notable people with the name Ivy include:

Ivy (Elisa album)

Ivy is the seventh studio album by Italian singer–songwriter Elisa. It was released on 30 November 2010 in Italy. Ivy is Elisa's second acoustic album (the first being Lotus) and features 3 new songs (Nostalgia, Sometime Ago and Fresh Air), covers and acoustic reworks of her previous songs. The album was released both digitally and on CD+DVD, with the DVD containing Ivy - the Film, a documentary featuring the making-of the album as well as live performances by Elisa.

Ivy (disambiguation)

Ivy without qualifiers usually means plants in the genus Hedera in the family Araliaceae. It may also refer to:

Plants:
  • Boston ivy, Parthenocissus tricuspidatus, in the grape family Vitaceae
  • Ground ivy, one of the species of the mint genus Glechoma
  • Poison ivy, a plant in the genus Toxicodendron in the family Anacardiaceae
  • Swedish ivy, a plant species in the genus Plectranthus
People:
  • For a list of people with the given name Ivy, see Ivy (name).
  • Blue Ivy Carter
  • Andrew Conway Ivy (1893-1978), American doctor
  • Bill Ivy (1942-1969), British motorcycle racer
  • Bob Ivy, stunt performer
  • Corey Ivy (born 1977), American football player
  • Gregory Ivy (1904-1985), American art professor
  • Hardy Ivy (1779-1842), American settler
  • Khori Ivy (born 1978), American football player
  • Mortty Ivy (born 1985), American football player
  • Pop Ivy (1916-2003), American football player and coach
  • Ivy (band), a trio of musicians from New York City
  • Ivy (singer), a singer from Korea
  • Operation Ivy (band) is a punk band
Computing:
  • Apache Ivy, a transitive dependency manager for Java, or other applications that require management artifact dependencies.
  • IVY, a web application framework for PHP
  • Ivy (programming language), an embeddable scripting language
  • Ivy (file system), a decentralized peer-to-peer file system
Other:
  • a nickname for the female given name, Ives
  • Ivy (1947 film), a 1947 film starring Joan Fontaine
  • " Ivy", a song written for the 1947 film by Hoagy Carmichael
  • Ivy (2015 film), a 2015 Turkish film
  • Ivy (motorcycles), a motorcycle manufacturer
  • Isabella "Ivy" Valentine, a fictional character from the Soul series of fighting games
  • Ivy, California, a former town in Modoc County
  • The Ivy, a restaurant in London, England
  • The Ivy League, an association of prestigious American universities
  • The Jesuit Ivy, a nickname for Boston College, Massachusetts
  • Operation Ivy, a pair of nuclear tests in 1952
  • Ivy Mike, was the code name given to the first test of a successful fusion device, detonated on October 31, 1952
  • Ivy, a book by Julie Hearn
  • , a Panamanian coaster.

Ivy (motorcycles)

Ivy was a motorcycle manufacturer between 1907 and 1934 in Birmingham, England. It was run by various brothers from the Newman family. Ivy built about 6,000 motorcycles of various models. Most used two-stroke engines made by either J.A.P. or Precision, but there were also 225cc and 296cc engines designed and manufactured by Ivy. The company also made its own suspension forks, carburettors and sidecars.

The company was heavily involved in motorcycle racing, with several of the Newman brothers entering races themselves. The race bikes were kept as standard wherever possible to demonstrate the build quality and specification of the production machines. The Newman brothers believed that this was the best way to prove their designs and advertise their products. H. C. Newman was especially successful, winning many local events and finishing well in the Isle of Man TT races several times.

Ivy (Ivy Quainoo album)

Ivy is the debut album by German recording artist Ivy Quainoo. Released by Warner Music on March 2, 2012 in German-speaking Europe following her win of the first series of The Voice of Germany, it features production by Marek Pompetzki, Paul NZA, Cecil Remmler, Ivo Moring, Thorsten Brötzmann, and Hoss Power. It charted in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, reaching the top ten of both the German and the Swiss Albums Charts. Ivy produced the singles " Do You Like What You See" and " You Got Me".

Ivy (2015 film)

Ivy is a 2015 Turkish drama film written and directed by Turkish filmmaker Tolga Karaçelik. After premiering in-competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the film continued its festival circuit, screening at more than 30 international film festivals, including Toronto IFF, Karlovy Vary IFF, Sao Paulo IFF and Sydney FF. The film won four awards at the Antalya International Film Festival (previously known as Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival) including Best Film and Best Director, making Karacelik one of the youngest directors to ever receive the Golden Orange.

Usage examples of "ivy".

But certain it is that Netherlandish illumination, in its border foliages, after the taste for the larger vine and acanthus leaf had superseded the ivy, the drawing is studiously sculpturesque.

Arums and acanthus and ivy filled every hollow, roses nodded from over every gate, while a carpet of violets and cyclamen and primroses stretched over the fields and freighted every wandering wind with fragrance.

The ivy was strong and well achored, and its centuries of probing the mortar had opened up a score of fingerholds.

They also favour certain plants for living quarters, among them agapanthus, lilies, irises, ice plants, ivy, nasturtiums, jasmine and strawberries.

Resembling Ivy in miniature, the leaves have been used in weaving chaplets for the dead, as well as for adorning the Alestake erected as a sign at taverns.

Ivy round her glimmering ancle, Vine about her glowing brow, Never sure was bride so beauteous, Daphne, chosen nymph, as thou!

But Georgiana saw the light-green moss that clung to the humus, the yellowish fronds of ivy that swept along the ground, the aquamarine moss that dressed up the boulders.

From rocks around hung the loose ivy dangling, And in the clefts sumach of liveliest green, Bright ising-stars the little beach was spangling, The gold-cup sorrel from his gauzy screen Shone like a fairy crown, enchased and beaded, Left on some morn, when light flashed in their eyes unheeded.

Langley was the scene of strange and eerie doings this day as a voice from the grave was offered as an extenuating circumstance by defence attorney Brice Mack during his opening remarks in the trial of Elliot Hoover, accused kidnapper of ten- year-old Ivy Templeton.

Between these fenestrations soared slender golden pillars twined with living ivy leaves and carved ones of peridot, jade, and emerald.

He opened his van to reveal four miniature sword-bedecked, English-style arrangements of roses, lilies, daffodils, freesia, and ivy.

The rough and undulating rent which marked the severance of the building was now thickly covered with ivy, which in its gamesome luxuriance had contrived also to climb up a remaining stack of tall chimneys, and to spread over the covering of the large oriel window.

The next day Myles had the armorer make him a score of large spikes, which he and Gascoyne drove between the ivy branches and into the cement of the wall, and so made a safe passageway by which to reach the window niche in the wall.

In your opinion, does this sug- gestion, in any way, apply to, or explain, the behaviour of Ivy Templeton as reported in the entries on January 18 and February 20, 1967?

One may hear from the selfsame desk to-day the voice of a Papist priest, while in far-off Constance a rude block of stone, half ivy hidden, marks the spot where Huss and Jerome died burning at the stake.