sea holly


: a European coastal herb (Eryngium maritimum) of the carrot family with spiny leaves and pale blue flowers

Examples of sea holly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like Eupatorium maculatum [spotted joe-pye weed], Asclepias tuberosa [butterfly weed] and species of echinacea [coneflower], aster and eryngium [sea holly]. John Wogan Carmen Winant, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Nearby stands a vase holding alpine sea holly. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 The floral arrangements include white dendrobium orchids, which were part of Queen Elizabeth's wedding bouquet in 1947, and sea holly, which echoes the Duke of Edinburgh's career in the Navy and a lifelong love of the sea. Simon Perry,, 29 Mar. 2022 Spiky blue sea holly represented Philip’s naval career and affection for the sea. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Mar. 2022 The larger floral arrangements will feature red and white roses, carnations, gerbera, eustoma, white chrysanthemums, blue agapanthus, delphinium, and eryngium (sea holly). Emily Burack, Town & Country, 28 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sea holly was in 1548

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“Sea holly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

sea holly

sea hol·​ly ˈsē-ˌhäl-ē How to pronounce sea holly (audio)
: a European coastal herb of the genus Eryngium (E. maritimum) that has spiny leaves and pale blue flowers and was formerly used as an aphrodisiac

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