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noun hol·ly \ˈhä-lē\

Definition of holly

plural

hollies

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Ilex of the family Aquifoliaceae, the holly family) of trees and shrubs; especially :  either of two (I. opaca of the eastern United States and I. aquifolium of Eurasia) with spiny-margined evergreen leaves and usually red berries often used for Christmas decorations

  2. 2 :  the foliage or branches of the holly

Origin and Etymology of holly

Middle English holin, holly, from Old English holen; akin to Old High German hulis holly, Middle Irish cuilenn


First Known Use: before 12th century


HOLLY Defined for English Language Learners

holly

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noun hol·ly \ˈhä-lē\

Definition of holly for English Language Learners

  • : a tree or bush with dark green leaves and bright red berries; also : the branches of this plant which are used for decoration especially at Christmas


HOLLY Defined for Kids

holly

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noun hol·ly \ˈhä-lē\

Definition of holly for Students

plural

hollies

  1. :  an evergreen tree or shrub that has shiny leaves with prickly edges and red berries


Medical Dictionary

holly

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Medical Definition of holly

  1. —see sea holly


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