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holly

[hol-ee] /ˈhɒl i/
noun, plural hollies.
1.
any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Ilex, as I. opaca (American holly) the state tree of Delaware, or I. aquifolium (English holly) having glossy, spiny-toothed leaves, small, whitish flowers, and red berries.
2.
the foliage and berries, used for decoration, especially during the Christmas season.
Origin
1150
before 1150; Middle English holi(e), holyn, Old English hole(g)n; cognate with Welsh celyn, Irish cuillean; akin to Dutch, German hulst, French houx (< Old High German hulis)

Holly

[hol-ee] /ˈhɒl i/
noun
1.
Buddy (Charles Hardin Holley) 1936–59, U.S. rock and roll singer and guitarist.
2.
a female or male given name.
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Examples from the web for holly
  • Once, this garden's rich loam supported a holly farm.
  • Dwarf conifers and broadleaf evergreens such as holly and rhododendrons are susceptible to dehydration and windburn in winter.
  • Or maybe in the winter you deck the halls with, oh let's say boughs of holly.
  • holly had never gone more than a few weeks without checking in.
  • This put holly in the unusual position of having two record contracts at the same time.
  • Maria holly did not attend the funeral and has never visited the gravesite.
  • Bramwell met holly, and freely shared his records with all three.
British Dictionary definitions for holly

holly

/ˈhɒlɪ/
noun (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
See also sea holly
Word Origin
Old English holegn; related to Old Norse hulfr, Old High German hulis, German Hulst, Old Slavonic kolja prick

Holly

/ˈhɒlɪ/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for holly
n.

mid-15c., earlier holin (mid-12c.), shortening of Old English holegn "holly," from Proto-Germanic *hulin- (cf. 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- "to prick" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kolja "to prick," Russian kolos "ear of corn"), in reference to its leaves. French houx "holly" is from Frankish *huls or some other Germanic source.

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