sheep laurel
Lambkill Lamb"kill`, n. (Bot.) A small American ericaceous shrub ({Kalmia angustifolia}), resembling mountain laurel but having narrower leaves and small red flowers; -- called also {calfkill}, {sheepkill}, {sheep laurel}, etc. It is supposed to poison young sheep and other animals that eat it at times when the snow is deep and they cannot find other food.

Syn: sheep laurel, pig laurel, {Kalmia angustifolia}. [Webster 1913 Suppl. + WordNet 1.5]


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  • Sheep laurel — Laurel Lau rel, n. [OE. lorel, laurer, lorer, OF. lorier, laurier, F. laurier, (assumed) LL. Laurarius, fr. L. laurus.] 1. (Bot.) An evergreen shrub, of the genus {Laurus} ({Laurus nobilis}), having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheep laurel — Sheep Sheep, n. sing. & pl. [OE. shep, scheep, AS. sc?p, sce[ a]p; akin to OFries. sk?p, LG. & D. schaap, G. schaf, OHG. sc[=a]f, Skr. ch[=a]ga. [root]295. Cf. {Sheepherd}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sheep laurel — ☆ sheep laurel n. a small E North American plant (Kalmia angustifolia) of the heath family, with pinkish flowers and evergreen leaves poisonous to sheep and other animals …   English World dictionary

  • sheep-laurel — siauralapis grėsvis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erikinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Kalmia angustifolia), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Kalmia angustifolia angl. dwarf laurel; lambkill; pig… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • sheep laurel — sheep′ lau rel n. pln a North American low shrub, Kalmia angustifolia, that is poisonous to grazing animals • Etymology: 1800–10, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • sheep laurel — a low North American shrub, Kalmia angustifolia, of the heath family, having oblong leaves poisonous to grazing animals. Also called dwarf laurel, lambkill. [1800 10, Amer.] * * * or lambkill Open upright woody shrub (Kalmia angustifolia) of the… …   Universalium

  • sheep laurel — noun North American dwarf shrub resembling mountain laurel but having narrower leaves and small red flowers; poisonous to young stock • Syn: ↑pig laurel, ↑lambkill, ↑Kalmia angustifolia • Hypernyms: ↑kalmia …   Useful english dictionary

  • sheep laurel — noun Date: 1810 a dwarf shrub (Kalmia angustifolia) of the heath family that is native to northeastern North America and is poisonous to livestock and that resembles mountain laurel but has narrower leaves and smaller bright red flowers called… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Laurel — Lau rel, n. [OE. lorel, laurer, lorer, OF. lorier, laurier, F. laurier, (assumed) LL. Laurarius, fr. L. laurus.] 1. (Bot.) An evergreen shrub, of the genus {Laurus} ({Laurus nobilis}), having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laurel — Lau rel, n. [OE. lorel, laurer, lorer, OF. lorier, laurier, F. laurier, (assumed) LL. Laurarius, fr. L. laurus.] 1. (Bot.) An evergreen shrub, of the genus {Laurus} ({Laurus nobilis}), having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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