What does holly mean?

holly meaning in General Dictionary

A tree or shrub of the genus Ilex The European species Ilex Aquifolium is best known having glossy green leaves with a spiny waved edge and bearing berries that turn red or yellow about Michaelmas

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  • Wholly
  • any tree or shrub of genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen will leave with prickly edges
  • United States rock star (1936-1959)
  • Wholly.
  • A tree or shrub associated with the genus Ilex. The European species (Ilex Aguifolium) is most beneficial understood, having glossy green leaves, with a spiny, waved advantage, and bearing berries that change red or yellowish about Michaelmas.
  • The holm oak. See first Holm.

holly meaning in Names Dictionary

Holly grove.
Name Origin: English
Name Gender: Female


holly meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., previous holin (mid-12c.), shortening of Old English holegn "holly," from Proto-Germanic *hulin- (cognates: Old Saxon, Old High German hulis, Old Norse hulfr, Middle Dutch huls, Dutch, German hulst "holly"), cognate with Middle Irish cuilenn, Welsh celyn, Gaelic cuilionn "holly," probably all from PIE root *kel- (5) "to prick" (cognates: Old Church Slavonic kolja "to prick," Russian kolos "ear of corn"), in mention of the its leaves. French houx "holly" is from Frankish *huls or some other Germanic supply.


holly meaning in General Dictionary

(adv.) Completely.

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  • (n.) A tree or shrub associated with the genus Ilex. The European types (Ilex Aguifolium) is the best understood, having glossy green leaves, with a spiny, waved advantage, and bearing fruits that turn red or yellowish about Michaelmas.

Sentence Examples with the word holly

The municipality owns and operates the water-works (the water-supply being drawn from the Penobscot by the Holly system) and an electric-lighting plant; there is also a large electric plant for generation of electricity for power and for commercial lighting, and in Bangor and the vicinity there were in 1908 about 60 m.

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