• WordNet 3.6
    • n Ilex a large genus of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs of the family Aquifoliaceae that have small flowers and berries (including hollies)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ilex (Bot) The holm oak (Quercus Ilex).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ilex A genus of trees and shrubs, of the natural order Ilicineæ, or holly tribe. It is characterized by having the flowers more or less diœciously polygamous; the calyx small, and with 4 to 6 teeth; the corolla rotate, and divided into 4, rarely 5 or 6, parts; 4 to 6 stamens; and an ovary with 4 to 6, rarely 7 or 8, cells forming a berry-like drupe. The plants of this genus have alternate, often thick, evergreen leaves, and white flowers, usually axillary. It comprehends about 145 species, many of which are natives of Central America, others occurring throughout the tropical and temperate regions of the globe, being represented least frequently in Africa and Australia. Among the most remarkable of them are: I. Aquifolium, the common holly (see holly); I. Balearica, the broad-leafed holly of Minorca, a very handsome species; and I. Paraguayensis, whose leaves are consumed in large quantities in South America, under the name of Paraguay tea or maté. (See Paraguay tea, under tea.) I. verticillata is the Virginia winterberry or black alder. I. Cassine is the yaupon. I. lævigata is the smooth winterberry of the eastern United States; I. Dahoon, the dahoon holly of Virginia and southward. I. sideroxyloides of the West Indies is a large tree called Dominica oak. The genus is widely known in a fossil state, some 50 or 60 extinct species having been described, chiefly from the Miocene of Europe, but ranging from the Middle Cretaceous to the Quaternary. Several occur in the Green River Group (Eocene) of the Rocky Mountain region.
    • n ilex [lowercase] A tree or shrub of this genus.
    • n ilex The holm-oak or holly-oak, Quercus Ilex, the leaves of which somewhat resemble those of the genus Ilex. See cut (fig. 4) under oak, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ilex ī′leks the scientific name for Holly (which see): the evergreen or holm oak.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., holm oak
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Crystal watched his retreating figure until the overhanging branches of the ilex hid him from her view.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
The Ilex, interesting alike from its appearance and physiology, first engages our notice.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847." by Various
Between us and St. Peter's is a dell full of scrub ilex; walls also, full of valerian and that grey myrrh-like weed.
"The Spirit of Rome" by Vernon Lee
One hot afternoon Milly was writing her Australian letter under a spreading ilex-tree on the lawn.
"The Invader" by Margaret L. Woods
The ilex attains twice the height we remember to have seen it reach elsewhere.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845" by Various
His pale face brightened as he threw away his cigarette and he went down the path between the ilex trees to meet his model.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
They wandered under the great ilex trees of the Pincio, and gazed at the Monte Mario pine.
"The Brownings" by Lilian Whiting
A pair of Magpies built their nest in an ilex tree.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
Outside, the scenery is oppressively green, the green of spinach; there is no variety; there are no ilexes, and there are no olives.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
The Illyrian struck at the King's shield with a heavy club made of the root of the ilex, and broke off a piece of the lower rim.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn

In poetry:

That we should float from mere to mere,
And sleep within some windless cove,
With nightingales to lull the ear,
From ilex wood and orange grove;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
The rain falls on Ghiberti's gates;
The big drops hang on purple dates;
And yet beneath the ilex-shades--
Dear trysting-place for boys and maids--
There comes a form from days of old,
With Beatrice's hair of gold.
"After Reading Trollope's History Of Florence" by Eugene Field
I know a certain ilex-tree
Whence leaps a fountain cool and clear.
Its voices summon you and me;
Come, let us haste to share its cheer!
Methinks the rapturous song it sings
Should woo our thoughts from mortal things.
"To M.L. Gray," by Eugene Field
Perched on a Roman ilex and duly apostrophised,
The nightingale descanted unto Ovid;
She has even appeared to the Teutons, the swilled and gravid;
At Fontainebleau it may be the bird was gallicised;
Never was she baptised.
"An American Addresses Philomela" by John Crowe Ransom
When of the graceful ilex on the hollow rocks I sing,
Thou shalt become illustrious, O sweet Bandusian spring!
Among the noble fountains which have been enshrined in fame,
Thy dancing, babbling waters shall in song our homage claim.
"To The Fountain Of Bandusia" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

After packaging for a number of American publishers, among them Focal Press, St Martin's, Abrams, and Chronicle, U.K.-based Ilex Press is entering the US with its own line of books that is being distributed by Ingram Publisher Services.
Cat dies in fire that damages home on Ilex Lane in Clay.
Dick Blume / The Post-Standard Moyers Corners firefighters responded this morning to a blaze that damaged a house at 8 Ilex Lane in Clay.
A cat was killed in a fire that damaged a house at 8 Ilex Lane in Clay.
Our pick of the week is Possumhaw holly, Ilex decidua.
Yerba mate (also known simply as mate) is a tea made from the dried leaves of Ilex paraguariensis, an evergreen shrub in the holly family that grows in Central and South America.
Yerba Maté tea is made from the dried leaves of Ilex paraguariensis, an evergreen shrub that grows in Central and South America.
Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil .