from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Holly, Ilex Aquifolium. The knee-hulver is Ruscus aculeatus, the butcher's broom; the sea-hulver is Eryngium maritimum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Holly, an evergreen shrub or tree.

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  • noun obsolete holly, an evergreen shrub or tree


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Old English hulfere, probably akin to English holly.


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  • A fine younk lady is willin to come down with the kole, and the hulver headed hulk wants to raise the wind on his own father!

    Anna St. Ives Thomas Holcroft 1777

  • Save hulver and thorn, thereof flail for to make. "

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle 1881

  • ` uvular pronunciation of/r/'; burdock, formed on bur (r); carl hemp, Scand golland and variant gowan, possibly akin to E gold; hulver, ling, seal ` willow,' and seave ` the rush. '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 3 1984


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