(Hol"low-heart`ed) a. Insincere; deceitful; not sound and true; having a cavity or decayed
Syn. Faithless; dishonest; false; treacherous.
(Hol"low-horned`) a. (Zoöl.) Having permanent horns with a bony core, as cattle.
(Hol"low*ly), adv. Insincerely; deceitfully. Shak.
1. State of being hollow. Bacon.
2. Insincerity; unsoundness; treachery. South.
(Hol"ly) adv. Wholly. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Hol"ly) n. [OE holi, holin, AS. holen, holegn; akin to D. & G. hulst, OHG. huls hulis, W. celyn,
Armor. kelen, Gael. cuilionn, Ir. cuileann. Cf. 1st Holm, Hulver.]
1. (Bot.) A tree or shrub of the genus Ilex. The European species (Ilex Aquifolium) is best known,
having glossy green leaves, with a spiny, waved edge, and bearing berries that turn red or yellow about
The holly is much used to adorn churches and houses, at Christmas time, and hence is associated with
scenes of good will and rejoicing. It is an evergreen tree, and has a finegrained, heavy, white wood. Its
bark is used as a febrifuge, and the berries are violently purgative and emetic. The American holly is
the Ilex opaca, and is found along the coast of the United States, from Maine southward. Gray.
2. (Bot.) The holm oak. See 1st Holm.
Holly-leaved oak (Bot.), the black scrub oak. See Scrub oak. Holly rose (Bot.), a West Indian
shrub, with showy, yellow flowers Sea holly (Bot.), a species of Eryngium. See Eryngium.