from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The holm-oak or holly-oak, Quercus Ilex, the leaves of which somewhat resemble those of the genus Ilex. See cut (fig. 4) under oak, 1.
  • noun A genus of trees and shrubs, of the natural order Ilicineæ, or holly tribe.
  • noun [lowercase] A tree or shrub of this genus.

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

  • noun The holm oak (Quercus Ilex).
  • noun A genus of evergreen trees and shrubs, including the common holly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun holm oak (Quercus ilex)
  • noun Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Ilex

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a large genus of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs of the family Aquifoliaceae that have small flowers and berries (including hollies)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, holm oak, from Latin īlex.]


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  • The profound shade of a giant ilex tree engulfed him. Like a great wooden octopus, it spread its long arms abroad.

    - Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow

    March 29, 2008

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