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American ivy Explained

American ivy at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Ivy \I"vy\, n.; pl. {Ivies}. [AS. [=i]fig; akin to OHG. ebawi,
ebah, G. epheu.] (Bot.)
A plant of the genus {Hedera} ({H. 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} ({S. 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}.

Virginia \Vir*gin"i*a\, n.
One of the States of the United States of America. -- a. Of
or pertaining to the State of Virginia.

{Virginia cowslip} (Bot.), the American lungwort ({Mertensia
Virginica}).

{Virginia creeper} (Bot.), a common ornamental North American
woody vine ({Ampelopsis quinquefolia}), climbing
extensively by means of tendrils; -- called also
{woodbine}, and {American ivy}. [U. S.]

{Virginia fence}. See {Worm fence}, under {Fence}.

{Virginia nightingale} (Zo["o]l.), the cardinal bird. See
under {Cardinal}.

{Virginia quail} (Zo["o]l.), the bobwhite.

{Virginia reel}, an old English contradance; -- so called in
the United States. --Bartlett.

{Virginia stock}. (Bot.) See {Mahon stock}.

American \A*mer"i*can\, a. [Named from Americus Vespucius.]
1. Of or pertaining to America; as, the American continent:
American Indians.

2. Of or pertaining to the United States. ``A young officer
of the American navy.'' --Lyell.

{American ivy}. See {Virginia creeper}.

{American Party} (U. S. Politics), a party, about 1854, which
opposed the influence of foreign-born citizens, and those
supposed to owe allegiance to a foreign power.

{Native american Party} (U. S. Politics), a party of
principles similar to those of the American party. It
arose about 1843, but soon died out.

American ivy at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

American ivy
n : common North American vine with compound leaves and
bluish-black berrylike fruit [syn: {Virginia creeper}, {woodbine},
{Parthenocissus quinquefolia}]