(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.
(in Christian art). Symbol of everlasting life, from its
remaining continually green. An ivy wreath was the prize of the
Isthmian games, till it was superseded by a pine garland. The plant was
sacred to Bacchus and Osiris.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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