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1. A piece of woodland; especially, a woody hill. Every holt and heath. She sent her voice though all the holt Before her, and the park. (Tennyson)

2. A deep hole in a river where there is protection for fish; also, a cover, a hole, or hiding place. The fox has gone to holt.

Origin: as. Holt; akin to LG.holt, D.hout, g. Holz. Icel. Holt; cf gael. & Ir.coill wood, gr. Branch, shoot.