Holly etymology


English word holly comes from Middle English (1100-1500) holyn, Proto-Germanic *hailzą, Proto-Germanic - gaz, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) hal (Sound, healthy, intact. Whole, undivided.)

Etymology of holly

Detailed word origin of holly

Dictionary entry Language Definition
holyn Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
*hailzą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
- gaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
hal Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Sound, healthy, intact. Whole, undivided.
*hailagaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Holy, sacred.
halig Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Holy, sacred; pious; sound, healthy.
hāleġ Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
holliche Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
holly English (en) (with a qualifier) Any of several unrelated plant species likened to Ilex because of their prickly, evergreen foliage and/or round, bright-red berries. Any of various shrubs or (mostly) small trees, of the genus Ilex, either evergreen or deciduous, used as decoration especially at Christmas.. The wood from this tree.

Words with the same origin as holly

Descendants of holyn

holiness holy

Descendants of *hailzą

hail hole whole

Descendants of - gaz

greed hallowed handyman leigh pretty sorry