ETYM OE holi, holin, AS. holen, holegn; akin to Dutch and German hulst, Old High Germ. huls hulis, W. celyn, Armor. kelen, Gael. cuilionn, Irish cuileann. Related to Holm, Hulver.
Any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex.
Tree or shrub of the genus Ilex, family Aquifoliaceae, generally with glossy, sharp-pointed leaves and red berries. American holly I. opaca of the E US is used for Christmas decorations. Leaves of the Brazilian holly I. paraguayensis are used to make the tea yerba maté.