California laurel


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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.
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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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For use in flea pillows and bedding for your pets, I recommend the dried leaves of pennyroyal, fleabane mad California laurel, mixed together with these two oils.
Myrtle, acacia burl, California laurel, California bay tree, green bay tree, California olive, California sassafras, Pacific myrtle, mountain laurel, pepperwood, spice-tree and bay tree.
Although vole habitats were characterized by significantly smaller diameters of interior live oak, California laurel (Umbellaria californica) and tanoak, it is unlikely that voles were specifically selecting for smaller average diameters of these species.

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