calico bush

calico bush
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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  • calico bush — ☆ calico bush n. MOUNTAIN LAUREL * * * …   Universalium

  • calico bush — ☆ calico bush n. MOUNTAIN LAUREL …   English World dictionary

  • calico bush — noun a North American evergreen shrub having glossy leaves and white or rose colored flowers • Syn: ↑mountain laurel, ↑wood laurel, ↑American laurel, ↑Kalmia latifolia • Hypernyms: ↑kalmia * * * noun Etymo …   Useful english dictionary

  • calico bush — Kalmia Kal mi*a, n. [NL. Named in honor of Peter Kalm, a Swedish botanist.] (Bot.) A genus of North American shrubs with poisonous evergreen foliage and corymbs of showy flowers. Called also {mountain laurel}, {ivy bush}, {lamb kill}, {calico… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calico bush — Mountain Moun tain (moun t[i^]n), a. 1. Of or pertaining to a mountain or mountains; growing or living on a mountain; found on or peculiar to mountains; among mountains; as, a mountain torrent; mountain pines; mountain goats; mountain air;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calico-bush — plačialapis grėsvis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erikinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Kalmia latifolia), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Kalmia latifolia angl. calico bush; mountain laurel; spoonwood… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • calico-bush — calˈico bush, calˈico flower or calˈico tree noun Kalmia • • • Main Entry: ↑calico …   Useful english dictionary

  • calico bush — cal′ico bush n. pln mountain laurel • Etymology: 1805–15, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • calico bush — noun Date: 1814 mountain laurel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • calico bush. — See mountain laurel. [1805 15, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

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