american ivy


From 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.
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         Direct
         The clasping ivy where to climb.         --Milton.
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         Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere.   --Milton.
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   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
      Marcgravia.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   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 (Zool.), the cardinal bird. See under
      Cardinal.

   Virginia quail (Zool.), the bobwhite.

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

   Virginia stock. (Bot.) See Mahon stock.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

American \A*mer"i*can\ ([.a]*m[~e]r"[i^]*kan), a. [Named from
   Americus Vespucius.]
   1. Of or pertaining to America; as, the American continent:
      American Indians.
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   2. Of or pertaining to the United States. "A young officer of
      the American navy." --Lyell.
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   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.
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