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


[ahy-leks] /ˈaɪ lɛks/
any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex.
a holly.
1555-65; < New Latin, Latin īlex ilex1 Unabridged
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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


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
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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