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ilex1

[ahy-leks] /ˈaɪ lɛks/
noun
1.
Origin of ilex1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin

ilex2

[ahy-leks] /ˈaɪ lɛks/
noun
1.
any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex.
2.
a holly.
Origin
1555-65; < New Latin, Latin īlex ilex1
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Examples from the Web for ilex
Historical Examples
  • Outside, in the ilex wood, birds were calling to one another.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • The holm oak, ilex, is so called from its holly-like leaves.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • ilex is the classical name of the evergreen oak in southern Europe.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The most common plants that it contains are included in the genera ilex and Prinos.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • But it was as if he had made the attempt upon the trunk of the ilex itself.

  • The grove of ilex trees is termed the Sacred Grove of Bacchus.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • The ilex I know, and there is no more beautiful tree than the ilex.

  • ilex and cedar stood, sombre giants, in a golden, shimmering sea.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • We tied our pony to an ilex and went to explore the Hermitage.

  • With Druidism departed the forests of the ilex and the quercus from Aran.

    The South Isles of Aran Oliver J. Burke
British Dictionary definitions for ilex

ilex

/ˈaɪlɛks/
noun
1.
any of various trees or shrubs of the widely distributed genus Ilex, such as the holly and inkberry: family Aquifoliaceae
2.
another name for the holm oak
Word Origin
C16: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for ilex
n.

late 14c., from Latin ilex "holm-oak," perhaps from an extinct non-Indo-European language.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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