from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Ilex, usually having bright red berries and glossy evergreen leaves with spiny margins.
- n. Branches of these plants, traditionally used for Christmas decoration.
- n. Any of various similar or related plants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various shrubs or (mostly) small trees, of the genus Ilex, either evergreen or deciduous, used as decoration especially at Christmas.
- n. The wood from this tree.
- n. Any of several unrelated plant species likened to Ilex because of their prickly, evergreen foliage and/or round, bright-red berries
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Wholly.
- n. A tree or shrub of the genus Ilex. The European species (Ilex Aquifolium) is best known, having glossy green leaves, with a spiny, waved edge, and bearing berries that turn red or yellow about Michaelmas.
- n. The holm oak. See 1st Holm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Ilex, natural order Ilicineæ.
- n. The holm-oak, Quercus Ilex, an evergreen oak. Often called holly-oak.
- An obsolete spelling of wholly.
- n. In Tasmania, a shrub of the madder family, Coprosma hirtella. See coffee-berry, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
- n. United States rock star (1936-1959)
Middle English holin, holi, from Old English holen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English holly, holi, holie, a shortened variation of holin, holyn (> English dialectal hollen, holm), from Old English holeġn, holen ("holly; prince, protector"), from Proto-Germanic *hulisaz (“butcher's broom”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱol- (“thorn, awn; a kind of thorny plant; prickly”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (“to cut”). Cognate with Scots holin, hollin, holyn ("holly"), Dutch hulst ("holly"), German Hulst ("holly"), French houx ("holly" < Germanic), Danish hylver ("holly"), Welsh celyn ("holly"), Russian (kolos, "ear of wheat"), Albanian kallí 'straw, chaff', Sanskrit kaţambá 'arrow', Old Church Slavonic kolja 'to prick'. (Wiktionary)