See also: Hedera and hederá

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From the genus name Hedera, in turn from Latin hedera (ivy).

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hedera (plural hederas)

  1. (horticulture) Any Old World ivy of the genus Hedera
    • 2007 March 8, Jan Benzel, “Philadelphia Calls Off Winter for a Week”, in New York Times[1]:
      The American Ivy Society hewed closely to the theme, exhibiting only hederas that come from Ireland or have an Irish name.

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Unknown. One hypothesis derives it from Proto-Italic *hedezā, from earlier *xedezā, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰed-es-eh₂, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰed- (to seize, grasp, take), which is the same source as Latin *hendō in prehendō and Ancient Greek χανδάνω (khandánō, to get, grasp).

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hedera f (genitive hederae); first declension

  1. ivy
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Fasti 3.767:
      Cūr hederā cīncta est? Hedera est grātissima Bacchō.
      Why has she been crowned with ivy? Ivy is most pleasing to Bacchus.
      (Sacerdos Liberi, elderly priestesses, wore ivy wreaths honoring Pater Liber – also known as Bacchus or the Greek Dionysus – during the ancient Roman festival of Liberalia.)

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First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative hedera hederae
Genitive hederae hederārum
Dative hederae hederīs
Accusative hederam hederās
Ablative hederā hederīs
Vocative hedera hederae

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  • hedera”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • hedera”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • hedera in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • hedera in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.