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 clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their axils; -- called also {sweet bay}.

Note: The fruit is a purple berry. It is found about the Mediterranean, and was early used by the ancient Greeks to crown the victor in the games of Apollo. At a later period, academic honors were indicated by a crown of laurel, with the fruit. The leaves and tree yield an aromatic oil, used to flavor the bay water of commerce. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is extended to other plants which in some respect resemble the true laurel. See Phrases, below. [1913 Webster]

2. A crown of laurel; hence, honor; distinction; fame; -- especially in the plural; as, to win laurels. [1913 Webster]

3. An English gold coin made in 1619, and so called because the king's head on it was crowned with laurel. [1913 Webster]

{Laurel water}, water distilled from the fresh leaves of the cherry laurel, and containing prussic acid and other products carried over in the process. [1913 Webster]

{American laurel}, or {Mountain 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 Nov[ae] Zelandi[ae]}.

{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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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