Laurel

Definition of Laurel

Lau´rel
n.1.(Bot.) An evergreen shrub, of the genus Laurus (Laurus nobilis), having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their axils; - called also sweet bay.
2.A crown of laurel; hence, honor; distinction; fame; - especially in the plural; as, to win laurels.
3.An English gold coin made in 1619, and so called because the king's head on it was crowned with laurel.
Laurel water
water distilled from the fresh leaves of the cherry laurel, and containing prussic acid and other products carried over in the process.
American laurel
Kalmia latifolia; called also calico bush. See under Mountain.
California laurel
Umbellularia Californica.
Cherry laurel
in England called laurel). See under Cherry.
Great laurel
the rosebay (Rhododendron maximum).
Ground laurel
trailing arbutus.
New Zealand laurel
the Laurelia Novæ Zelandiæ.
Portugal laurel
the Prunus Lusitanica.
Rose laurel
the oleander. See Oleander.
Sheep laurel
a poisonous shrub, Kalmia angustifolia, smaller than the mountain laurel, and with smaller and redder flowers.
Spurge laurel
Daphne Laureola.
West Indian laurel
Prunus occidentalis.

Related Words

angiospermous tree, bay, bay laurel, bay tree, California bay tree, California laurel, California olive, camphor tree, cassia, cassia-bark tree, Ceylon cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum camphora, Cinnamomum cassia, Cinnamomum loureirii, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, cinnamon, family Lauraceae, flowering tree, Lauraceae, laurel family, laurel-tree, Laurus nobilis, mountain laurel, Oregon myrtle, pepperwood, Persea borbonia, red bay, Saigon cinnamon, sassafras, Sassafras albidum, sassafras laurel, sassafras tree, spice tree, true laurel, Umbellularia californica
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