buddy holly

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holly (ˈhɒlɪ)
 
n , pl -lies
1.  any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex, such as the Eurasian I. aquifolium, having bright red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
2.  branches of any of these trees, used for Christmas decorations
3.  holly oak another name for holm oak
 
[Old English holegn; related to Old Norse hulfr, Old High German hulis, German Hulst, Old Slavonic kolja prick]

Holly (ˈhɒlɪ)
 
n
Buddy. real name Charles Harden Holley. 1936--59, US rock-and-roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter. His hits (all 1956--59) include "That'll be the Day", "Maybe Baby", "Peggy Sue", "Oh, Boy", "Think It Over", and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"

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holly
c.1150, shortening of O.E. holegn "holly," from P.Gmc. *khuli- (cf. O.H.G. hulis, O.N. hulfr, M.Du. huls, Ger. hulst "holly"), cognate with M.Ir. cuilenn, Welsh celyn, Gael. cuilionn "holly," probably all from PIE base *qel- "to prick" (cf. O.C.S. kolja "to prick," Rus. kolos "ear of corn"). Fr. houx
"holly" is from Frank. *huls.
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