African holly


Definition of African holly

in California
: an arborescent woolly-stemmed biennial herb (Solanum giganteum) that is native to India but is grown in many warm regions as an ornamental for its large leaves with silky-white undersurface, clusters of showy blue or lilac flowers, and bright red fruits resembling holly berries

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First Known Use of African holly

circa 1810, in the meaning defined above

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“African holly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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