Any of several woody, climbing or trailing evergreen plants of the genus Hedera native to the Old World, especially H. helix, having palmately lobed leaves, root-bearing young stems, and small green flowers grouped in umbels.
Informal A university in the Ivy League. Often used in the plural: Cornell is one of the Ivies.
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