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)
United States rock star (1936-1959)
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.]
British National Corpus
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
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
This was not an issue until 1923 became involved with contract negotiations with Holly last summer, this is really part of filling up her memoir.
Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?
After losing her identity, her sense of self-worth, and her hope for the future, Holly found herself sitting alone in a bathtub contemplating suicide.
Holly, you can tell, had this ulterior motive every minute being at the Mansion, and that motive was -- it was clear as day -- she wanted Hef's kids, she wanted a piece of Playboy and she wanted to marry Hef for, obviously, his will.
Everybody’s great. Holly is tired, but she’s fine. Riley came right out and as soon as he heard Holly’s voice, he smiled. He has hair like Elvis — a full head of black hair. The doctor said he came out looking like a 2-year-old.
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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Japanese
- didzéłchííʼNavajo, Navaho
- agreu, grefuèlh, agrèvol, grifolOccitan
- wayusa, asiwuQuechua
- ilice, laurRomanian
- golosti, olosti, alase, bolostruSardinian
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