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
- An obsolete spelling of wholly.
- n. A plant of the genus Ilex, natural order Ilicineæ.
- n. The holm-oak, Quercus Ilex, an evergreen oak. Often called holly-oak.
- 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)
Now that the holly is finally decked out, many of you will doubtless be hustling to your favourite bookstores to pick up the latest books of the year.
And … to celebrate this fine time, the StarShipSofa has decked herself out in holly, tinsel and mistletoe.
Christmas holly is usually either English holly, Ilex aquifolium, which has spiny evergreen leaves and bright-red fruit, or American holly, Ilex opaca, which is similar but has duller, less spiny leaves.
The word holly is an adulteration of the word holy.
All that "deck the halls with boughs of holly" is realted to some European Pagans who believed the Holly King ruled the second (winter) half of the year, while the Oak King took over at the Summer Solstice.
The name holly fern suggests its resemblance to holly leaves with their bristle-tipped teeth.
I've done it for Christmas – motto in holly, and all – and I've had my Easter lilies with a gorgeous star all daffodils in the middle.
A gleaming circle wreathed in holly and drooping with vines end flowers stood out from a dark, in -
Pashtoons were not strong enough to stop the superpower of the day from this satanic act (this was called holly war that time by USA, Middle East and Pkaistan).
Felling company owner Paul Otto said the tree was a Quercus ilex, commonly known as a holly oak.