California laurel


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Related to California laurel: Umbellularia californica, California bay tree, California bay laurel

California laurel

n.
An aromatic evergreen tree (Umbellularia californica) found from Baja California to southern Oregon, having clusters of small yellowish-green flowers, olivelike yellowish-green to purple fruits, and light brown wood valued for use in fine woodwork. Also called California bay, Oregon myrtle.

Cal′ifor′nia lau′rel


n.
a tree, Umbellularia californica, of the laurel family, native to the W coast of the U.S., having aromatic leaves, umbels of yellowish green flowers, and hard wood.
[1870–75, Amer.]
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Noun1.California laurel - Pacific coast tree having aromatic foliage and small umbellate flowers followed by olivelike fruitCalifornia laurel - Pacific coast tree having aromatic foliage and small umbellate flowers followed by olivelike fruit; yields a hard tough wood
laurel - any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family
genus Umbellularia, Umbellularia - aromatic evergreen trees of Pacific coast
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