holm oak

  1. an evergreen oak, Quercus ilex, of southern Europe, having foliage resembling that of the holly.

Origin of holm oak

First recorded in 1590–1600

Words Nearby holm oak

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How to use holm oak in a sentence

  • Poles of laurel or elm are most free from worms, and a share-beam of oak and a plough-tree of holm-oak.

  • He was returning to the house, when someone called his name from underneath the holm oak.

    The Island Pharisees | John Galsworthy
  • A little while ago, they possessed a web, between the reeds of a brook or in the holm-oak copses; and now they have none.

    The Life of the Spider | J. Henri Fabre
  • 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
  • Here did Æneas set a great branch of holm-oak as a goal, that the ships should round it and so return.

    Stories from Virgil | Alfred J. Church

British Dictionary definitions for holm oak

holm oak

  1. 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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