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EnglishEdit

 
leaves and berries of European holly (Ilex aquifolium)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English holly, holi, holie, a shortened variation of holin, holyn (> English dialectal hollen, holm), from Old English holeġn, holen (holly; prince, protector), from Proto-West Germanic *hulis (holly), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (to cut).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɒli/
  • Rhymes: -ɒli
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɑli/
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NounEdit

holly (countable and uncountable, plural hollies)

  1. Any of various shrubs or (mostly) small trees, of the genus Ilex, either evergreen or deciduous, used as decoration especially at Christmas.
  2. The wood from this tree.
  3. (with a qualifier) Any of several unrelated plant species likened to Ilex because of their prickly, evergreen foliage and/or round, bright-red berries

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Etymology 1Edit

AdjectiveEdit

holly

  1. Alternative form of holy (sacred)

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Etymology 2Edit

AdjectiveEdit

holly

  1. Alternative form of holy (porous)

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