any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
Holly, Buddy Holly, Charles Hardin Holley(noun)
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Any of various shrubs or (mostly) small trees, of the genus Ilex, either evergreen or deciduous, used as decoration especially at Christmas.
The wood from this tree.
Any of several unrelated plant species likened to Ilex because of their prickly, evergreen foliage and/or round, bright-red berries
, from the name of the tree.
Origin: holly, shortening of holin, from holegn, from huli- (compare Dutch/German hulst, Old Norse hulfr), from kol 'prickly' (compare Welsh celyn 'holly', Russian kolos 'ear of wheat', Albanian kallí 'straw, chaff', Sanskrit kaţambá 'arrow'), from *kel 'to cut' (compare Old Church Slavonic kolja 'to prick').
a tree or shrub of the genus Ilex. The European species (Ilex Aguifolium) is best known, having glossy green leaves, with a spiny, waved edge, and bearing berries that turn red or yellow about Michaelmas
the holm oak. See 1st Holm
Origin: [OE holi, holin, AS. holen, holegn; akin to D. & G. hulst, OHG. huls hulis, W. celyn, Armor. kelen, Gael. cuilionn, Ir. cuileann. Cf. 1st Holm, Hulver.]
Ilex, or holly, is a genus of 400 to 600 species of flowering plants in the family Aquifoliaceae, and the only living genus in that family. The species are evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, and climbers from tropics to temperate zones worldwide.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hol′i, n. an evergreen shrub having leathery, shining, and spinous leaves and scarlet or yellow berries, much used for Christmas decorations. [A.S. holegn; cf. W. celyn, Ir. cuileann.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'holly' in Nouns Frequency: #3027
The numerical value of holly in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of holly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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- grèvolCatalan, Valencian
- celynen, celynWelsh
- Stechpalme, HülseGerman
- iileks, astelpõõsasEstonian
- cuileannScottish Gaelic
- magyal, krisztustövisHungarian
- セイヨウヒイラギ, 犬黄楊, モチノキ, ホリーJapanese
- didzéłchííʼNavajo, Navaho
- agreu, grefuèlh, agrèvol, grifolOccitan
- wayusa, asiwuQuechua
- ilice, laurRomanian
- golosti, olosti, alase, bolostruSardinian
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