• Girl surrounded by holly branches
    Girl surrounded by holly branches
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Holly United States rock star (1936-1959)
    • n holly any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the nameof the Don McLean song.)
    • Holly (Bot) A tree or shrub of the genus Ilex. The European species (Ilex Aquifolium) is best known, having glossy green leaves, with a spiny, waved edge, and bearing berries that turn red or yellow about Michaelmas.
    • Holly (Bot) The holm oak. See 1st Holm.
    • adv Holly Wholly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cat was the name of Holly Golightly's pet cat in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.
    • n holly A plant of the genus Ilex, natural order Ilicineæ. I. Aquifolium, the common European holly, of which there are many varieties, grows to the height of from 20 to 30 feet; the stem by age becomes large, and is covered with a smooth grayish bark, and set with branches which form a sort of cone. The leaves are oblong-oval, of a lucid green on the upper surface, but pale on the under surface; the edges are indented and waved, with sharp thorns terminating the points. The flowers grow in clusters, and are succeeded by roundish berries, which turn to a beautiful red about the end of September. This plant is a handsome evergreen, and excellently adapted for hedges and fences, since it bears clipping. The wood is hard and white, and is much employed for turnery-work, for drawing upon, for knife-handles, etc. Of the bark bird-lime is made by maceration. Houses and churches are adorned with the leaves and berries at Christmas. The American holly, I. opaca, is also an evergreen tree, reaching in some instances a height of 45 feet and a diameter of 4 feet. It is similar to the European holly, from which it differs in having less glossy deep-green foliage, less bright red berries, and the nutlets not so veiny. It is distributed generally from Massachusetts south, and west to the valley of the Colorado river, attaining its greatest development in the rich bottoms of Arkansas and eastern Texas. The wood is of the highest class for interior finish and turnery. The Dahoon holly, I. Dahoon, a smaller and less valuable tree than I. opaca, is a native of the southern United States. The California holly is Heteromeles arbutifolia.
    • n holly The holm-oak, Quercus Ilex, an evergreen oak. Often called holly-oak.
    • holly An obsolete spelling of wholly.
    • n holly In Tasmania, a shrub of the madder family, Coprosma hirtella. See coffee-berry, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Don Mac Lean's song "American Pie" was written about Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), who all died in the same plane crash.
    • n Holly hol′i an evergreen shrub having leathery, shining, and spinous leaves and scarlet or yellow berries, much used for Christmas decorations.
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  • Emily Bronte
    “Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE holi, holin, AS. holen, holegn,; akin to D. & G. hulst, OHG. huls hulis, W. celyn, Armor. kelen, Gael. cuilionn, Ir. cuileann,. Cf. 1st Holm Hulver
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. holegn; cf. W. celyn, Ir. cuileann.


In literature:

Sometimes in return for the charity bestowed a sprig of holly or mistletoe was given.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
Hollis always pitches for Hollis Creek, and he usually wins his game.
"The Early Bird" by George Randolph Chester
They were now having a merry time over Ikey's suggestion to hang a holly wreath above the Big Front Door.
"The Story of the Big Front Door" by Mary Finley Leonard
We lived down around Holly Grove.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Don't you hear Hollie's voice?
"The Third Violet" by Stephen Crane
The holly hock crest ground to powder was almost indistinguishable.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Give me some of your holly, won't you, Frank?
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
There's Sam Holly and Jerry Dabble.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
The County Club sat now 'neath an arbour of greens, and the lowliest cabin had its spray of pine or holly.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
Brink Hollis was guyin' him all the while and he never caught on.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford

In poetry:

In the holly repose the morning star
With trembling awaits the sun,
And thus my heart if near or far
Awaits thee, sweetest one.
"Before The Dawn" by Arlo Bates
Moved from the waters towards the glen
Where stands the holly-tree;
'T was the brother who is sleeping low
Beneath the stormy sea.
"The Highland Girl's Lament" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
'Twas in the summer's sweet perfume,
When roses bloomed and holly, O,
That in the brightness of her bloom,
I first did meet my Mollie, O.
"My Mollie, O!" by Freeman Edwin Miller
While loud huzzas ran up the roof
Till the lamps did rock o’erhead,
And holly-boughs from rafters hung
Dropped down their berries red,—­
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly's sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He may still leave thy garland green.
"Love and Friendship" by Emily Jane Bronte
Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree —
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?
"Love and Friendship" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

Summitt makes appearance at Lady Vols' first full-scale workout for new coach Holly Warlick.
Laura L Martinez, 26, of Holly Avenue was arrested Thursday on a failure to appear warrant out of Upper Deerfield Municipal Court and was released after posting $149 bail.
Elise Achiu, Rebecca Hughes, Melissa Matthews, Taylor Young, Melissa Lester, Holly Kania, Allison Eichelberger, Hannah Green, Lindsay Snider, Melissa Hargett, Laura Steen.
Barnett, who breeds "yorkies" from her home, is pushing for tighter regulation of groomers after the death of her prize-winning 2-year-old yorkie, Holly.
After virtually disappearing from the public eye after playing the role of Holly Lindsey for 35 years, the actress is ready to share her personal life with her fans.
In Boardman, Ohio, Val Haller brought upbeat tunes by the '60s pop band the Hollies to her raucous high school cheerleading practices.
Visitors to the Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival in Deltaville October 12 and 13 can win a raffle prize to benefit the Deltaville Maritime Museum.
Dr Holly Phillips reports on the study.
Handout of Holly Solomon.
Judge Holly Tatnall, Marcia Michaelis, Polly Barnhart, Colette Clements, judge Karen Sheek.
Company owner Holly Joffrion said she got the idea after being invited to an Orlando Magic game with her husband.
Kendra Wilkinson on Losing 60 Pounds and Why Hef Didn't Marry Holly.
Inside Hef 's Super-Sexy Sin City 83rd Birthday: A 'Beaten Up' Holly and Hef Reunite For First Time Since Split.
Holly Heartbroken: Hef Reveals Why She'll Never Be His Wife.
Holly Herrick has taken a liking to a Richard Linklater line she once heard paraphrased by filmmaker and former Austinite Kyle Henry.

In science:

Holly’s theorem relied essentially on the completeness and quantifier elimination in the theory of algebraically closed valued fields (ACVF) dating from Robinson .
Relative decidability and definability in henselian valued fields
Suggesting that perhaps the three-sorted language employed by Holly is not optimal in the henselian case, Kuhlmann has obtained elimination of quantifiers relative to an associated structure of ‘additive and multiplicative congruences’.
Relative decidability and definability in henselian valued fields
We aim to prove for henselian valued fields of characteristic 0 analogues of both Holly’s theorem on canonical forms of subsets of the field and of Cohen’s on decidability.
Relative decidability and definability in henselian valued fields
This provides the promised analogue of the theorem of Holly on canonical forms for sets definable (in one variable) in algebraically closed valued fields.
Relative decidability and definability in henselian valued fields
Holly’s swiss cheeses in algebraically closed valued fields arise as boolean combinations of a finite number of balls.
Relative decidability and definability in henselian valued fields