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(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.Tennyson. 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
(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.
Holocryptic cipher, a cipher so constructed as to afford no clew to its meaning to one ignorant of the
(Hol`o*cryp"tic) a. [Holo- + Gr. kry`ptein to conceal.] Wholly or completely concealing; incapable
of being deciphered.
(Hol`o*crys"tal*line) a. [Holo + crystalline.] (Min.) Completely crystalline; said of a
rock like granite, all the constituents of which are crystalline.