Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A wood or grove; a copse.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dialectal variant of hold.
  • noun A hole; a burrow; specifically, a deep hole in a river for the protection of fish.
  • noun A contracted form of holdeth, third person singular present indicative of hold.
  • noun A wood or woodland; a grove; an orchard.

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

  • obsolete 3d pers. sing. pres. of hold, contr. from holdeth.
  • noun A piece of woodland; especially, a woody hill.
  • noun A deep hole in a river where there is protection for fish; also, a cover, a hole, or hiding place.

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  • noun A small piece of woodland or a woody hill; a copse.
  • noun The lair of an animal, especially of an otter.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English.]

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From Middle English holt, from Old English holt ("forest, wood, grove, thicket; wood, timber"), from Proto-Germanic *hultan (“wood”), from Proto-Indo-European *kald-, *klād- (“timber, log”), from Proto-Indo-European *kola-, *klā- (“to beat, hew, break, destroy, kill”). Cognate with Scots holt ("a wood, copse. thicket"), North Frisian holt ("wook, timber"), West Frisian hout ("timber, wood"), Dutch hout ("wood, timber"), German Holz ("wood"), Icelandic holt ("woodland, hillock"), Old Irish caill ("forest, wood, woodland"), Ancient Greek κλάδος (kládos, "branch, shoot, twig"), Albanian shul ("door latch").

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  • One of the witch's familiars:

    "came in like a white kittling"

    April 23, 2008

  • –noun Archaic.

    1. a wood or grove.

    2. a wooded hill.

    July 12, 2009