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Old English holt "woods," common in place names, from Proto-Germanic *hultam- (cf. Old Frisian, Old Norse, Middle Dutch holt, Dutch hout, German Holz "wood"), from PIE *kldo- (cf. Old Church Slavonic klada "beam, timber," Greek klados "twig," Old Irish caill "wood"), from root *kel- "to strike, cut."