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hol·ly

 (hŏl′ē)
n. pl. hol·lies
1.
a. Any of numerous evergreen or deciduous trees or shrubs of the genus Ilex, especially several species having bright red berries and glossy evergreen leaves with spiny margins. Also called ilex.
b. Branches of these plants, traditionally used for Christmas decoration.
2. Any of various similar or related plants.

[Middle English holin, holi, from Old English holen.]

holly

(ˈhɒlɪ)
n, pl -lies
1. (Plants) any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex, such as the Eurasian I. aquifolium, having bright red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
2. (Plants) branches of any of these trees, used for Christmas decorations
3. (Plants) holly oak another name for holm oak
[Old English holegn; related to Old Norse hulfr, Old High German hulis, German Hulst, Old Slavonic kolja prick]

Holly

(ˈhɒlɪ)
n
(Biography) Buddy. real name Charles Harden Holley. 1936–59, US rock-and-roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter. His hits (all 1956–59) include "That'll be the Day", "Maybe Baby", "Peggy Sue", "Oh, Boy", "Think It Over", and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"

hol•ly

(ˈhɒl i)

n., pl. -lies.
1. any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Ilex, as I. opaca or I. aquifolium, with glossy leaves and red berries.
2. the foliage and berries, used esp. for Christmas decoration.
[before 1150; Middle English holi(e),holyn, Old English hole(g)n, akin to Old Saxon, Old High German hulis, Welsh celyn, Irish cuillean holly]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.holly - any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edgesholly - any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
genus Ilex, Ilex - a large genus of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs of the family Aquifoliaceae that have small flowers and berries (including hollies)
Ilex decidua, possum haw, winterberry, bearberry - deciduous shrub of southeastern and central United States
evergreen winterberry, gallberry, gall-berry, Ilex glabra, inkberry - evergreen holly of eastern North America with oblong leathery leaves and small black berries
Ilex paraguariensis, Paraguay tea, mate - South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea
American holly, Christmas holly - an evergreen tree
low gallberry holly - an evergreen shrub
tall gallberry holly - an evergreen shrub
yaupon holly - an evergreen shrub
deciduous holly - a holly tree
juneberry holly - a holly shrub
largeleaf holly - a holly tree
Geogia holly - a holly shrub
common winterberry holly - a holly shrub
smooth winterberry holly - a holly shrub
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
2.Holly - United States rock star (1936-1959)
Translations
شجرة البَهْشِيَّه دائِمَة الخُضْرَهنَبَاتُ شَائِكُ الَأطْراف
cesmína
kristtornkristtjørn
piikkipaatsama
božikovina
magyalkrisztustövis
jólaviîur, kristòyrnir
セイヨウヒイラギ
호랑가시나무
bugienis
akmeņozols
cezmína
järnek
ต้นฮอลลี่
çoban püskülüdikenli defne
cây nhựa ruồi

holly

[ˈhɒlɪ]
A. Nacebo m
B. CPD holly berry Nbaya f de acebo
holly tree Nacebo m

holly

[ˈhɒli]
nhoux m
a sprig of holly → un brin de houx
modif
a holly leaf → une feuille de houx
a holly bush → un buisson de houx
a holly berry → une baie de houx

holly

n
(= tree)Stechpalme f, → Ilex m; holly berryStechpalmenfrucht f
(= foliage)Stechpalme (→ nzweige pl) f

holly

[ˈhɒlɪ] n (also holly tree) → agrifoglio

holly

(ˈholi) noun
a type of evergreen tree or bush with prickly leaves and red berries.

holly

نَبَاتُ شَائِكُ الَأطْراف cesmína kristtorn Stechpalme λιόπρινο acebo piikkipaatsama houx božikovina agrifoglio セイヨウヒイラギ 호랑가시나무 hulst kristtorn ostrokrzew azevinho остролист järnek ต้นฮอลลี่ çoban püskülü cây nhựa ruồi 冬青树
References in classic literature ?
Out in the garden stood a stately snow maiden, crowned with holly, bearing a basket of fruit and flowers in one hand, a great roll of music in the other, a perfect rainbow of an Afghan round her chilly shoulders, and a Christmas carol issuing from her lips on a pink paper streamer.
If a breath of air stirred, it made no sound here; for there was not a holly, not an evergreen to rustle, and the stripped hawthorn and hazel bushes were as still as the white, worn stones which causewayed the middle of the path.
I smelt the rich scent of the heating spices; and admired the shining kitchen utensils, the polished clock, decked in holly, the silver mugs ranged on a tray ready to be filled with mulled ale for supper; and above all, the speckless purity of my particular care - the scoured and well-swept floor.
The chirp came from a thick holly bush, bright with scarlet berries, and Mary thought she knew whose it was.
If I could work my will,' said Scrooge indignantly, `every idiot who goes about with "Merry Christmas" on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.
She rose with an ill-favoured smile, and taking a few steps towards a wall of holly that was near at hand, dividing the lawn from a kitchen-garden, said, in a louder voice, 'Come here
But now, upo' Christmas-day, this blessed Christmas as is ever coming, if you was to take your dinner to the bakehus, and go to church, and see the holly and the yew, and hear the anthim, and then take the sacramen', you'd be a deal the better, and you'd know which end you stood on, and you could put your trust i' Them as knows better nor we do, seein' you'd ha' done what it lies on us all to do.
The nocturnal adventures of Gurth were not yet concluded; indeed he himself became partly of that mind, when, after passing one or two straggling houses which stood in the outskirts of the village, he found himself in a deep lane, running between two banks overgrown with hazel and holly, while here and there a dwarf oak flung its arms altogether across the path.
Each of them carried a stout holly staff in his hand, and along with them there came two men of quality on horseback in handsome travelling dress, with three servants on foot accompanying them.
A candle stood on the gravel walk, winking a little in the draughts; it threw inconstant sparkles on the clumped holly, struck the light and darkness to and fro like a veil on Alan's features, and sent his shadow hovering behind him.
At the edge of the road, mingling with the brambles, grew holly bushes, and here and there stood large dead trees whose branches traced zigzags upon the blue sky.
Well, I'm half a mind t' ha' a look at her to-night, if there isn't good company at th' Holly Bush.