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ilex

1

[ ahy-leks ]

noun



ilex

2

[ ahy-leks ]

noun

  1. any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex.
  2. a holly.

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of ilex1

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin

Origin of ilex2

1555–65; < New Latin, Latin īlex ilex 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of ilex1

C16: from Latin
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Example Sentences

Does not the Sacred Tree of the village of Kerdami—a noble ilex of most unusual size—still command more than reverence?

I thought of the white flowers that grew in the dark corners of the old garden at the Wern, by the great ilex tree.

Eik is the ilex or scarlet oak; thyrnir, a thorn; metaphorically for a stag's antlers.

Moving through the vivid lights and shadows of the ilex and cypress grove, her appearance had a charm of unwonted simplicity.

In the middle distance, a few ilex and cypress trees were effectively and naturally distributed.

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