¶Of Ilice. cap. 83.
ILex, Ilicis, is a manner Oke, a trée that beareth maste, & hath that name of Eligo, gis, to choose. For as Isid. saith lib. 24. First men found & those the fruits of this trée to their meate and foode, be∣fore vse of corne, men liued by such mast in olde time. Among trées that beare mast, this maner Oke Ilex, is accounted most worthy and noble. The fruite therof fée∣deth many Nations, as Plin. saith li. 16. And Ilex is a trée with a great roote & déepe in the ground, and most surest and saddest stocke, and hath most hardest and thickest rinde, with some manner riuels, and with many boughes and braunches, and by reason of many faire leaues and broad, it causeth pleasaunt shadow, and beareth great plentie of fruite and of maste. The trée thereof is durable and strong, & nigh vnable to roote, for stockes thereof layd vnder water, turneth as it were to hardnes of stone, and the longer time they be in such moystie places, the more hard they be. Therefore such tim∣ber is able to buylding of Temples of Gods, and of Palaices of kings. And so for hard and durable matter and kinde of such trée misbeléeued men, made thereof Images and mawmets of false Gods, as Plinius saith.
(*Ilex, a trée called of some Holme One kinde of it beareth the graine, of A∣pothecaries called Kirmes.)