mountain laurel
noun Date: 1759 a North American evergreen shrub or small tree (Kalmia latifolia) of the heath family with glossy leaves and umbels of rose-colored or white flowers

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  • Mountain 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

  • Mountain 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mountain laurel — noun count or uncount a bush with shiny leaves and pink or white flowers that grows in eastern North America …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mountain laurel — ☆ mountain laurel n. an evergreen shrub (Kalmia latifolia) of the heath family, with pink and white flowers and poisonous, shiny leaves, native to E North America …   English World dictionary

  • mountain laurel — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms mountain laurel : singular mountain laurel plural mountain laurels a bush with shiny leaves and pink or white flowers that grows in eastern North America …   English dictionary

  • mountain laurel — 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

  • mountain-laurel — 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)

  • mountain laurel — noun 1. a North American evergreen shrub having glossy leaves and white or rose colored flowers • Syn: ↑wood laurel, ↑American laurel, ↑calico bush, ↑Kalmia latifolia • Hypernyms: ↑kalmia 2. Pacific coast tree having aromatic foliage and small… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mountain laurel — a North American laurel, Kalmia latifolia, having terminal clusters of rose to white flowers: the state flower of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Also called calico bush. [1750 60, Amer.] * * * Flowering evergreen shrub (Kalmia latifolia) of the… …   Universalium

  • mountain laurel — noun A bush, Kalmia latifolia in the family Ericaceae, native to the Eastern United States. It is a flowering evergreen, all parts of which are toxic. It is the state tree of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Also known as Ivybush, Calico Bush,… …   Wiktionary

  • mountain laurel — /maʊntən ˈlɒrəl/ (say mowntuhn loruhl) noun → laurel (def. 3) …   Australian English dictionary

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