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Ilex ( /ˈaɪlɛks/), or holly, is a genus of 400 to 600 species of flowering plants in the family Aquifoliaceae, and the only living genus in that family. The species are evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, and climbers from tropics to temperate zones worldwide.

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    The holly and the ivy
    Are plants that are well known
    Of all the trees that grow in the woods
    The holly bears the crown.
    —Unknown. The Holly and the Ivy (l. 1–4)

    and the oxen near
    The worn foundations of their resting-place,
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    And holly torn for Christmas. If they die,
    As Jesus, in the harness, who will mourn?
    Lamb of the shepherds, Child, how still you lie.
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    in the holly prickles
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