American laurel
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; mountain howitzer. [1913 Webster]

2. Like a mountain; mountainous; vast; very great. [1913 Webster]

The high, the mountain majesty of worth. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

{Mountain antelope} (Zo["o]l.), the goral.

{Mountain ash} (Bot.), an ornamental tree, the {Pyrus Americana} (or {Sorbus Americana}), producing beautiful bunches of red berries. Its leaves are pinnate, and its flowers white, growing in fragrant clusters. The European species is the {Pyrus aucuparia}, or rowan tree.

{Mountain barometer}, a portable barometer, adapted for safe transportation, used in measuring the heights of mountains.

{Mountain beaver} (Zo["o]l.), the sewellel.

{Mountain blue} (Min.), blue carbonate of copper; azurite.

{Mountain cat} (Zo["o]l.), the catamount. See {Catamount}.

{Mountain chain}, a series of contiguous mountain ranges, generally in parallel or consecutive lines or curves.

{Mountain cock} (Zo["o]l.), capercailzie. See {Capercailzie}.

{Mountain cork} (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling cork in its texture.

{Mountain crystal}. See under {Crystal}.

{Mountain damson} (Bot.), a large tree of the genus {Simaruba} ({Simaruba amarga}) growing in the West Indies, which affords a bitter tonic and astringent, sometimes used in medicine.

{Mountain dew}, Scotch whisky, so called because often illicitly distilled among the mountains. [Humorous]

{Mountain ebony} (Bot.), a small leguminous tree ({Bauhinia variegata}) of the East and West Indies; -- so called because of its dark wood. The bark is used medicinally and in tanning.

{Mountain flax} (Min.), a variety of asbestus, having very fine fibers; amianthus. See {Amianthus}.

{Mountain fringe} (Bot.), climbing fumitory. See under {Fumitory}.

{Mountain goat}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Mazama}.

{Mountain green}. (Min.) (a) Green malachite, or carbonate of copper. (b) See {Green earth}, under {Green}, a.

{Mountain holly} (Bot.), a branching shrub ({Nemopanthes Canadensis}), having smooth oblong leaves and red berries. It is found in the Northern United States.

{Mountain laurel} (Bot.), an American shrub ({Kalmia latifolia}) with glossy evergreen leaves and showy clusters of rose-colored or white flowers. The foliage is poisonous. Called also {American laurel}, {ivy bush}, and {calico bush}. See {Kalmia}.

{Mountain leather} (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling leather in its texture.

{Mountain licorice} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Trifolium} ({Trifolium Alpinum}).

{Mountain limestone} (Geol.), a series of marine limestone strata below the coal measures, and above the old red standstone of Great Britain. See Chart of {Geology}.

{Mountain linnet} (Zo["o]l.), the twite.

{Mountain magpie}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The yaffle, or green woodpecker. (b) The European gray shrike.

{Mountain mahogany} (Bot.) See under {Mahogany}.

{Mountain meal} (Min.), a light powdery variety of calcite, occurring as an efflorescence.

{Mountain milk} (Min.), a soft spongy variety of carbonate of lime.

{Mountain mint}. (Bot.) See {Mint}.

{Mountain ousel} (Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel; -- called also {mountain thrush} and {mountain colley}. See {Ousel}.

{Mountain pride}, or {Mountain green} (Bot.), a tree of Jamaica ({Spathelia simplex}), which has an unbranched palmlike stem, and a terminal cluster of large, pinnate leaves.

{Mountain quail} (Zo["o]l.), the plumed partridge ({Oreortyx pictus}) of California. It has two long, slender, plumelike feathers on the head. The throat and sides are chestnut; the belly is brown with transverse bars of black and white; the neck and breast are dark gray.

{Mountain range}, a series of mountains closely related in position and direction.

{Mountain rice}. (Bot.) (a) An upland variety of rice, grown without irrigation, in some parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States. (b) An American genus of grasses ({Oryzopsis}).

{Mountain rose} (Bot.), a species of rose with solitary flowers, growing in the mountains of Europe ({Rosa alpina}).

{Mountain soap} (Min.), a soft earthy mineral, of a brownish color, used in crayon painting; saxonite.

{Mountain sorrel} (Bot.), a low perennial plant ({Oxyria digyna} with rounded kidney-form leaves, and small greenish flowers, found in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and in high northern latitudes. --Gray.

{Mountain sparrow} (Zo["o]l.), the European tree sparrow.

{Mountain spinach}. (Bot.) See {Orach}.

{Mountain tobacco} (Bot.), a composite plant ({Arnica montana}) of Europe; called also {leopard's bane}.

{Mountain witch} (Zo["o]l.), a ground pigeon of Jamaica, of the genus {Geotrygon}. [1913 Webster]


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

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