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1. See laurel.
2. or sweet·bay (swēt′bā′) A shrub or small tree (Magnolia virginiana) of the eastern United States, having large fragrant white flowers and red fruit.
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(Plants) a small tree, Magnolia virginiana, of SE North America, having large fragrant white flowers: family Magnoliaceae (magnolias). Sometimes shortened to: bay
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2. a North American magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, of the Atlantic coast, having large, fragrant, white flowers.
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|Noun||1.||sweet bay - shrub or small tree having rather small fragrant white flowers; abundant in southeastern United States|
magnolia - any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia; valued for their longevity and exquisite fragrant blooms
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