Definition of holly in English:

holly

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒli
 
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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
More 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.

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