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Noun: sea holly  see'hó-lee
  1. European evergreen eryngo with twisted spiny leaves naturalized on United States east coast; roots formerly used as an aphrodisiac
    - sea holm, sea eryngium, Eryngium maritimum
  2. Widely cultivated southern European acanthus with whitish purple-veined flowers
    - bear's breech, bear's breeches, Acanthus mollis

Derived forms: sea hollies

Type of: acanthus, bush, shrub

Part of: Eryngium, genus Eryngium

Encyclopedia: Sea holly