holly definition

  • noun:
    • Any of numerous trees or shrubs of this genus Ilex, often having vivid red berries and glossy evergreen renders with spiny margins.
    • limbs of these plants, typically used for xmas decoration.
    • Any of numerous similar or associated flowers.
    • some of different bushes or (mainly) small woods, regarding the genus Ilex, either evergreen or deciduous, utilized as decoration especially at xmas.
    • The wood using this tree.
    • Any of a few unrelated plant species likened to Ilex because of their prickly, evergreen foliage and/or round, bright-red fruits
    • A tree or shrub of this genus Ilex. The European species (Ilex Aquifolium) is the best understood, having glossy green leaves, with a spiny, waved side, and bearing berries that change purple or yellowish about Michaelmas.
    • The holm oak. See first Holm.
    • A plant regarding the genus Ilex, normal order Ilicine√¶.
    • The holm-oak, Quercus Ilex, an evergreen pine. Often called holly-oak.
    • In Tasmania, a shrub of this madder family members, Coprosma hirtella. See coffee-berry, 2.
    • any tree or shrub for the genus Ilex having purple fruits and shiny evergreen actually leaves with prickly sides
    • usa rock celebrity (1936-1959)
  • adverb:
    • Wholly.
  • others:
    • An obsolete spelling of wholly.

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