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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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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.
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|Noun||1.||California laurel - Pacific coast tree having aromatic foliage and small umbellate flowers followed by olivelike fruit; yields a hard tough wood|
Oregon myrtle, pepperwood, sassafras laurel, California bay tree, California olive, Umbellularia californica, mountain laurel, spice tree
laurel - any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family
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