The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ivy \I"vy\, n.; pl. Ivies. [AS. [imac]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.
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 (Zool.), 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