WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hol•ly /ˈhɑli/USA pronunciation
n., pl. -lies.
- Plant Biology[countable] a tree or shrub with glossy leaves and red berries.
- Plant Biology[uncountable] the leaves and berries of this tree or shrub.
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holly /ˈhɒlɪ/ n ( pl -lies)
See also sea hollyEtymology: Old English holegn; related to Old Norse hulfr, Old High German hulis, German Hulst, Old Slavonic kolja prick
- 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
Holly /ˈhɒlɪ/ n
- 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"
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