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holm oak

an evergreen oak, Quercus ilex, of southern Europe, having foliage resembling that of the holly.
Origin of holm oak
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The holm oak, ilex, is so called from its holly-like leaves.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • We have already mentioned the evergreen or holm oak as common, and the cork oak occurs abundantly in some places.

    Modern Geography Marion I. Newbigin
  • Occasional woods of holm oak make darker patches on the landscape, and a few pines fringe the side of enclosure walls or towers.

  • Ilex, ī′leks, n. the scientific name for Holly (which see): the evergreen or holm oak.

  • Under ground, the holm oak bears a strange fruit—a fungus called “truffle” develops on the roots.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • He was returning to the house, when someone called his name from underneath the holm oak.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • A holm oak tree shaded one corner, and its thick dark foliage gave an unexpected depth to the green smoothness of the scene.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for holm oak

holm oak

an evergreen Mediterranean oak tree, Quercus ilex, widely planted for ornament: the leaves are holly-like when young but become smooth-edged with age Also called holm, holly oak, ilex
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