E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ivy (Old English, ifig).
Dedicated to Bacchus from the notion that it is a preventive of drunkenness. But whether the Dionysian ivy is the same plant as that which we call ivy is doubtful, as it was famous for its golden berries, and was termed chryso-carpos.