ilex

1 [ahy-leks]
noun

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin

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ilex

2 [ahy-leks]
noun
1.
any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex.
2.
a holly.

Origin:
1555–65; < Neo-Latin, Latin īlex ilex1

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ilex (ˈaɪlɛks)
 
n
1.  any of various trees or shrubs of the widely distributed genus Ilex, such as the holly and inkberry: family Aquifoliaceae
2.  another name for the holm oak
 
[C16: from Latin]

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