[AS. ifig.] An evergreen plant of the genus Hedera, which creeps along the ground or climbs trees, rocks, walls, etc. Its leaves are very pretty, of a dark-green color, smooth and shiny. It is found almost throughout the whole of Europe, and especially in Great Britain. In North America it does not succeed very well, but on the Pacific coast it grows luxuriantly, and it is popular in Virginia and some of the Southern States. Various substances are got from the different parts of the plant. The stem yields a gum resin and the seeds a bitter substance called hederin. Poison ivy is a poisonous, climbing plant of the Sumach family. It is common on trees, etc.