Ground 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. [1913 Webster]

Direct The clasping ivy where to climb. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Ground ivy — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ground-ivy — and ● ivy …   Useful english dictionary

  • ground ivy — ☆ ground ivy n. a creeping plant (Glechoma hederacea) of the mint family, with round, toothed leaves and blue flowers …   English World dictionary

  • ground ivy — šliaužiančioji tramažolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Notrelinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Glechoma hederacea), paplitęs Europoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Glechoma hederacea angl. creeping charlic; field balm;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • ground ivy — tramažolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Notrelinių (Lamiaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Glechoma). atitikmenys: lot. Glechoma angl. ground ivy; hay hove vok. Gundelrebe; Gundermann rus. будра lenk. bluszczyk …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • ground ivy — ground′ i′vy n. pln a creeping aromatic plant, Glechoma hederacea, of the mint family, having rounded leaves and clusters of small blue flowers • Etymology: 1300–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • ground ivy — a creeping, aromatic plant, Glechoma hederacea, of the mint family, having rounded leaves and whorling clusters of small blue flowers. Also called gill over the ground. [1300 50; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • ground ivy — noun trailing European aromatic plant of the mint family having rounded leaves and small purplish flowers often grown in hanging baskets; naturalized in North America; sometimes placed in genus Nepeta • Syn: ↑alehoof, ↑field balm, ↑gill over the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ground ivy — noun Date: 14th century a trailing European mint (Glechoma hederacea) naturalized in North America with rounded leaves and purplish flowers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ground ivy — noun a creeping plant of the mint family, with bluish purple flowers. [Glechoma hederacea.] …   English new terms dictionary

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