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

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of African holly was circa 1810

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“African holly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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