See under (def 1).
any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Ilex, as I. opaca (American holly) the state tree of Delaware, or I. aquifolium (English holly) having glossy, spiny-toothed leaves, small, whitish flowers, and red berries.
the foliage and berries, used for decoration, especially during the Christmas season.
noun (pl) -lies
any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex, such as the Eurasian I. aquifolium, having bright red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
branches of any of these trees, used for Christmas decorations
holly oak, another name for holm oak
Buddy. real name Charles Harden Holley. 1936–59, US rock-and-roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter. His hits (all 1956–59) include “That’ll be the Day”, “Maybe Baby”, “Peggy Sue”, “Oh, Boy”, “Think It Over”, and “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”
mid-15c., earlier holin (mid-12c.), shortening of Old English holegn “holly,” from Proto-Germanic *hulin- (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German hulis, Old Norse hulfr, Middle Dutch huls, Dutch, German hulst “holly”), cognate with Middle Irish cuilenn, Welsh celyn, Gaelic cuilionn “holly,” probably all from PIE root *kel- “to prick” (cf. Old Church Slavonic kolja “to prick,” Russian kolos “ear of corn”), in reference to its leaves. French houx “holly” is from Frankish *huls or some other Germanic source.
- American hornbeam
See under . any North American shrub or tree belonging to the genus Carpinus, of the birch family, yielding a hard, heavy wood, as C. caroliniana (American hornbeam) noun any tree of the betulaceous genus Carpinus, such as C. betulus of Europe and Asia, having smooth grey bark and hard white wood the wood of […]
- American indian
(def 1). (def 2). Abbreviation: AmerInd. Contemporary Examples Brando’s later, somewhat disoriented, support for the militant American Indian Movement was the last straw for his critics. Where’s Health Care’s Star Power? Lee Siegel October 1, 2009 I mean it’s profiling, but then I’ve got kicked out of three bars for being an American Indian. Jim […]
- American indian movement
noun a militant movement or grouping of American Indians, organized in 1968 to combat discrimination, injustice, etc Contemporary Examples Brando’s later, somewhat disoriented, support for the militant american indian movement was the last straw for his critics. Where’s Health Care’s Star Power? Lee Siegel October 1, 2009
- American ipecac
a plant, Gillenia stipulata, of the rose family, of the eastern coast of the U.S., having white flowers on long stalks.