IVY/ (eye-vee) / n. / 1. An evergreen perennial vine that is indigenous to North America and Western Europe that attaches to the bark of trees, brickwork, and other surfaces by rootlike structures; / n. / 2. A climbing plant with dark green, waxy leaves that was often used in pagan celebrations, as it was thought to counter the effects of alcohol, hence its appearance as an accoutrement of Bacchus, Greek god of wine; / n. / 3. An oil extracted from the leaves of Hedera helix that can aid in respiratory conditions, like asthma and bronchitis, and skin aging when applied topically, boosting hydration, reducing facial tension, and improving tone and texture in the process, e.g., “Breathe easy and firm up your face with ivy.”
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