American holly


Definition of American holly

: a tree (Ilex opaca) of moist woodlands in the eastern U.S. having duller and less spiny leaves than the European holly

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First Known Use of American holly

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of American holly was in 1784

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“American holly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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