from O.N. holmr
"small island, especially in a bay or river," also "meadow by a shore," or cognate O.Dan. hulm
"low lying land," from P.Gmc. *hul-maz
, from PIE base *kel-
"to rise, be elevated" (see hill
). Obsolete, but preserved in place names. Cognate O.E. holm
(only attested in poetic language) meant "sea, ocean, wave."