Definition of holly in English:

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holly

Pronunciation: /ˈhɒli/

noun

A widely distributed evergreen shrub, typically having prickly dark green leaves, small white flowers, and red berries.
  • Genus Ilex, family Aquifoliaceae: many species, in particular I. aquifolium.
Example sentences
  • Both deciduous and evergreen hollies are much loved for their berries, which range in color from orange and red to yellow and black.
  • And then there are the usual green plants with red berries such as hollies and barberry, and old garden roses with showy hips.
  • Some popular small trees and shrubs with birds are: blueberries, elderberries, hollies, cherries, and dogwoods.

Origin

Middle English holi, shortened form of Old English holegn, holen, of Germanic origin; related to German Hulst.

Words that rhyme with holly

Barbirolli, brolly, collie, dolly, folly, golly, jolly, lolly, Mollie, molly, nollie, Ollie, polly, poly, trolley, volley, wally

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