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holly British & World English

A widely distributed evergreen shrub, typically having prickly dark green leaves, small white flowers, and red berries

Holly, Buddy British & World English

(1936–59), American rock-and-roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter; born Charles Hardin Holley. He recorded such hits as ‘That’ll be the Day' with his band, The Crickets, before going solo in 1958. He was killed in an aircraft crash

holly oak British & World English

The holm oak or the kermes oak, both of which have tough evergreen leaves that are reminiscent of those of holly

sea holly British & World English

A spiny-leaved plant of the parsley family, with metallic blue teasel-like flowers, growing in sandy places by the sea and native to Europe

holly fern British & World English

A small shield fern which has narrow glossy fronds with a double row of stiff bristle-edged lobes, found chiefly in mountainous areas of both Eurasia and North America

Compton, Arthur Holly British & World English

(1892–1962), American physicist. He observed the Compton effect and thus demonstrated the dual particle and wave properties of electromagnetic radiation and matter, as predicted by quantum theory. Nobel Prize for Physics (1927)

yaupon British & World English

A North American holly, the leaves of which have emetic properties and were formerly used as a tea by American Indians

yaupon holly in yaupon British & World English

A North American holly, the leaves of which have emetic properties and were formerly used as a tea by American Indians

hedgehog British & World English

Used in names of plants or fruits resembling a hedgehog in having spines, e.g. hedgehog cactus, hedgehog holly

hedgehog holly in hedgehog British & World English

Used in names of plants or fruits resembling a hedgehog in having spines, e.g. hedgehog cactus, hedgehog holly