laurel
I. noun Etymology: Middle English lorel, in part from Medieval Latin laureola spurge laurel (from Latin, laurel sprig), in part modification of Anglo-French lorer, from Old French lor laurel, from Latin laurus Date: 14th century 1. an evergreen shrub or tree (Laurus nobilis of the family Lauraceae, the laurel family) of southern Europe with small yellow flowers, fruits that are ovoid blackish berries, and evergreen foliage once used by the ancient Greeks to crown victors in the Pythian games — called also bay, sweet bay 2. a tree or shrub that resembles the true laurel; especially mountain laurel 3. a. a crown of laurel awarded as an honor b. a recognition of achievement ; honor — usually used in plural II. transitive verb (-reled or -relled; -reling or -relling) Date: 1631 to deck or crown with laurel

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  • Laurel — may refer to:BotanyLauraceae, the botanical laurel family, including: *Azores laurel (Laurus azorica) *Bay Laurel ( Laurus nobilis ), the original true laurel that is the source of bay leaves used as a food flavouring. *California Laurel (… …   Wikipedia

  • Laurel — ist Ortsname von: Philippinen: Laurel (Batangas) in der Provinz Batangas, Vereinigte Staaten: Laurel (Delaware) Laurel (Florida) Laurel (Indiana) Laurel (Iowa) Laurel (Kalifornien) Laurel (Maryland) Laurel (Mississippi) Laurel (Montana) Laurel… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Laurel — Laurel, MT U.S. city in Montana Population (2000): 6255 Housing Units (2000): 2647 Land area (2000): 1.884862 sq. miles (4.881769 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.884862 sq. miles (4.881769 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • 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

  • Laurel — (homonymie) Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Laurel désigne : Localités aux États Unis : Laurel (Delaware) Laurel (Floride) Laurel (Indiana) Laurel, une localité du comté de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Laurel — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El término Laurel puede referirse a: diferentes especies vegetales: Laurus nobilis, un árbol aromático, también llamado laurel común, laurel de cocina, laurel de olor, laurel europeo, laurel alemán; Laurus azorica,… …   Wikipedia Español

  • laurel — [lôr′əl] n. [ME laurer, lorel < OFr lorier < L laurus] 1. any of a genus (Laurus) of evergreen trees or shrubs of the laurel family, native to S Europe and widely cultivated in the U.S., with large, glossy, aromatic leaves, greenish yellow… …   English World dictionary

  • laurel — (Del prov. laurier). 1. m. Árbol siempre verde, de la familia de las Lauráceas, que crece hasta seis o siete metros de altura, con tronco liso, ramas levantadas, hojas coriáceas, persistentes, aromáticas, pecioladas, oblongas, lampiñas, de color… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • laurel — árbol de la familia de las Laureaceae, cuyas hojas y bayas se utilizan con fines medicinales y como condimento culinario. dibujo de herbario [véase http://www.iqb.es/diccio/l/la.htm#laurel] monografía [véase… …   Diccionario médico

  • laurel — (n.) c.1300, lorrer, from O.Fr. laurier (12c.), from L. laurus laurel tree, probably related to Gk. daphne laurel (for change of d to l see LACHRYMOSE (Cf. lachrymose)), probably from a pre IE Mediterranean language. The change of second r to l… …   Etymology dictionary

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