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I. Botanical

Ivy (κισσός/kissós, ἕλιξ/hélix, Latin hedera) represents the only European genus of Araliaceae. English ‘ivy’ as well as German Efeu and Eppich (another word for ivy;  Celery) are derived from Old High German ebihouui or eboue. Because of confusion with the rock-rose mentioned in Theophrastus (κίσθος/kísthos, Hist. pl. 6,2,1), Pliny (HN 16,145) distinguishes between a male (hedera mas) and a somewhat smaller female form (h. femina). In his further statements on ivy, he also follows Theoph…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg) and Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Ivy”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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