Origin of ilex1
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin
- any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex.
- a holly.
Origin of ilex2
1555–65; < New Latin, Latin īlex ilex1
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Examples from the Web for ilex
Outside, in the ilex wood, birds were calling to one another.Olive in Italy
The holm oak, ilex, is so called from its holly-like leaves.The Romance of Names
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
But it was as if he had made the attempt upon the trunk of the Ilex itself.The Stoneground Ghost Tales
E. G. Swain
- any of various trees or shrubs of the widely distributed genus Ilex, such as the holly and inkberry: family Aquifoliaceae
- another name for the holm oak
C16: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for ilex
late 14c., from Latin ilex "holm-oak," perhaps from an extinct non-Indo-European language.
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