Holm thrush(Zoöl.), the missel thrush.

(||Hol"mi*a) n. [NL.] (Chem.) An oxide of holmium.

(||Hol"mi*um) n. [NL., of uncertain origin.] (Chem.) A rare element said to be contained in gadolinite.Hol"mic a.

(||Hol"mos) n. [NL., fr. Gr..] (Greek & Etrus. Antiq.) A name given to a vase having a rounded body; esp.: (a) A closed vessel of nearly spherical form on a high stem or pedestal. Fairholt. (b) A drinking cup having a foot and stem.

(Hol"o-) A combining form fr. Gr. "o`los whole.

(Hol"o*blast) n. [Holo + - blast.] (Biol.) an ovum composed entirely of germinal matter. See Meroblast.

(Hol`o*blas"tic) a. (Biol.) Undergoing complete segmentation; composed entirely of germinal matter, the whole of the yolk undergoing fission; — opposed to meroblastic.

(Hol"o*caust) n. [L. holocaustum, Gr. neut. of burnt whole; "o'los whole + kaysto`s burnt, fr. kai`ein to burn (cf. Caustic): cf. F. holocauste.]

1. A burnt sacrifice; an offering, the whole of which was consumed by fire, among the Jews and some pagan nations. Milton.

2. Sacrifice or loss of many lives, as by the burning of a theater or a ship. [An extended use not authorized by careful writers.]

(||Hol`o*ceph"a*li) n. pl. [NL., from Gr. "o`los whole + kefalh` head.] (Zoöl.) An order of elasmobranch fishes, including, among living species, only the chimæras; — called also Holocephala. See Chimæra; also Illustration in Appendix.

(Hol`o*cryp"tic) a. [Holo- + Gr. kry`ptein to conceal.] Wholly or completely concealing; incapable of being deciphered.

Holocryptic cipher, a cipher so constructed as to afford no clew to its meaning to one ignorant of the key.

(Hol`o*crys"tal*line) a. [Holo + crystalline.] (Min.) Completely crystalline; — said of a rock like granite, all the constituents of which are crystalline.

Hollyhock to Home

(Hol"ly*hock) n. [OE. holihoc; holi holy + hoc mallow, AS. hoc; cf. W. hocys mallows, hocys bendigaid hollyhock, lit., blessed mallow. Prob. so named because brought from the Holy Land. See Holy.] (Bot.) A species of Althæa (A. rosea), bearing flowers of various colors; — called also rose mallow.

(Holm) n. [OE., prob. from AS. holen holly; as the holly is also called holm. See Holly.] (Bot.) A common evergreen oak, of Europe (Quercus Ilex); — called also ilex, and holly.

(Holm) n. [AS. holm, usually meaning, sea, water; akin to Icel. holmr, holmr, an island, Dan. holm, Sw. holme, G. holm, and prob. to E. hill. Cf. Hill.]

1. An islet in a river. J. Brand.

2. Low, flat land. Wordsworth.

The soft wind blowing over meadowy holms.

  By PanEris using Melati.

Previous chapter Back Home Email this Search Discuss Bookmark Next chapter/page
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Bibliomania.com Ltd, and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission. See our FAQ for more details.