Definition of holm oak in English:

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holm oak

Pronunciation: /ˈhōm ˌōk/


An evergreen southern European oak, with dark green glossy leaves. Also called evergreen oak or ilex.
  • Quercus ilex, family Fagaceae.
Example sentences
  • But the Agriculture Department has since confirmed infections in a beech, a horse chestnut and a holm oak in a Cornish garden.
  • I'm currently sitting in Priory Park, on the banks of the city's defences in the shade of a beautiful holm oak so that I can see my laptop's screen on such a bright day.
  • Every day at the festival there are performances staged beneath the shade of a giant holm oak in the courtyard garden of a 19th century palace.


Late Middle English: holm, alteration of dialect hollin, from Old English holen 'holly'.

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