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 (
- noun A genus of evergreen trees and shrubs, including the common holly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
holm oak(Quercus ilex)
- noun Any of several
treesor shrubsof the genus Ilex
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- 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
These include species of Fagaceae, in particular Quercus ilex, which is found only in the Northern Waziristan, Koh-i-Safed, and Chitral foothills, as well as east oleander (Nerium), tropical adhatoda, and Fraxinus xanthoxyloides.
It is the only tree that the ancient world could have cared to notice; and if it were possible to carve statues of trees, I am sure that the ilex is the tree sculptors would choose.
The crying need of all nature was for shade; for the ilex is a small-leaved tree giving a thin shadow with no cool depths amid the branches.
It is the dried leaves of a species of Patagonian ilex, which is used in this country as tea, and very delightful and soothing it is.
"Sindiyán" (from the Persian) gen. used for the holm-oak, the Quercus pseudococcifera, vulgarly termed ilex, or native oak, and forming an extensive scrub in Syria, For this and other varieties of Quercus, as the Mallúl and the Ballút, see
Saxo, even to the hiding of a dog, whose name is given, in an "ilex," that it would be remarkable if there was no connection between Saxo's story and _Meriadoc_.
But especially striking is the statement that Ivor's dog is concealed in a tree; and this tree is called "ilex" (holly-oak), the very word used by Saxo to designate the kind of hollow tree that Hroar and Helgi (he calls them
In the Great Hall, Remco van Vliet inspected heaps of ilex berry, brown-backed magnolia and hydrangea flown in from Holland.
Other seasonal berries include ilex winterberry, privet and, yes, holly.
The “chêne vert” I planted in my front garden (holm oak) is called “Quercus ilex”.