sea holly

  1. the eryngo, Eryngium maritimum.

Origin of sea holly

First recorded in 1540–50

Words Nearby sea holly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sea holly in a sentence

  • Its wild thyme will remain only in patches on its Trwyn, and its sandhills will be glaucous with the blue sea-holly no more.

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

  • The lizards bask in the hot sand; the delicate, pale sea-holly mingles with the yellow of the evening primrose.

    Venice | Dorothy Menpes
  • Only the singular, pale blue sea-holly, growing amid the sear, colorless heath-grass.

    The Quest | Frederik van Eeden

British Dictionary definitions for sea holly

sea holly

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

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