A branch of the holly tree.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- any of a genus (Ilex) of small trees and shrubs of the holly family, with stiff, glossy, sharp-pointed leaves and clusters of bright-red berries
- the leaves and berries, used as Christmas ornaments
Origin: Middle English holi, holin from Old English holegn from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, to prick from source Welsh celyn, holly, Sanskrit kaṫambá-, arrow
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noun pl. hol·lies
- a. Any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Ilex, usually having bright red berries and glossy evergreen leaves with spiny margins.b. Branches of these plants, traditionally used for Christmas decoration.
- Any of various similar or related plants.
Origin: Middle English holin, holi, from Old English holen.
, Buddy Originally Charles Hardin Holley. 1938-1959.