sea holly

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noun

the eryngo, Eryngium maritimum.

Origin of sea holly

First recorded in 1540–50
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Examples from the Web for sea holly

Historical Examples of sea holly

  • The rising wind whistled in the prickly star-grass and sea-holly.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle

  • This entailed the abolition of our beautiful decorations—our sea-holly and ferns; also some anxious looks from our handmaiden.

  • Sea-holly (Eryngium) is another family of July-flowering plants that does well on poor, sandy soils that have been deeply stirred.

    Wood and Garden

    Gertrude Jekyll


British Dictionary definitions for sea holly

sea holly

noun

a European umbelliferous plant, Eryngium maritimum, of sandy shores, having spiny bluish-green stems and blue flowers
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