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holm oak

an evergreen oak, Quercus ilex, of southern Europe, having foliage resembling that of the holly.
Origin of holm oak
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • From her nest in the holm-oak tree the Nightingale heard him, and she looked out through the leaves, and wondered.

  • Towards the middle, where now stands the grand altar, was a holm-oak, covered with blossom as if it had been a Persian jessamine.

    Flemish Legends Charles de Coster
  • A little while ago, they possessed a web, between the reeds of a brook or in the holm-oak copses; and now they have none.

    The Life of the Spider J. Henri Fabre
  • Poles of laurel or elm are most free from worms, and a share-beam of oak and a plough-tree of holm-oak.

  • A group of planes gives pleasant shade above it; holm-oak Fol.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • This tree ruled for centuries, and then ceded the first place to the holm-oak, which is now giving way to the beech.

    Darwinism (1889) Alfred Russel Wallace
  • Here did Æneas set a great branch of holm-oak as a goal, that the ships should round it and so return.

    Stories from Virgil Alfred J. Church
  • From its superficial resemblance to the holly, the tree Quercus Ilex, the evergreen oak, received the appellation of “holm-oak.”

  • So they rode down next day to Windsor, and secreted themselves in the branches of a holm-oak.

British Dictionary definitions for holm-oak

holm oak

an evergreen Mediterranean oak tree, Quercus ilex, widely planted for ornament: the leaves are holly-like when young but become smooth-edged with age Also called holm, holly oak, ilex
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