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bay leaf

the dried leaf of the laurel, used in cookery.
the leaf of the bayberry, Pimenta racemosa, used in making bay oil and bay rum.
Origin of bay leaf
1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Add some broth, two carrots (chopped), a bay-leaf, and a chopped sausage or two.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Let him try, next time, some white vinegar in the water and a bay-leaf or two.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • I always recommend it to my friends; I often add a bay-leaf to it, which varies the flavor.

  • bay-leaf and thyme, well pounded, may also be used, if liked.

  • A bay-leaf and soup vegetables in the water improve the flavor of cod and some other fish.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • Put into a saucepan with a head of celery cut fine, a small onion, and a bay-leaf.

  • Prepare according to directions elsewhere given for Oyster Bouillon, cooking a chopped onion and a bay-leaf with the clams.

  • Season with salt and pepper, a bay-leaf, a pinch of celery seed, and add the sliced tongues.

  • Add two cupfuls of stock or hot water, and a bouquet of one sprig of parsley, one bay-leaf, and two cloves.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • Cook sliced salsify in salted and acidulated water with a bit of onion and a bay-leaf and a sprig of parsley.

British Dictionary definitions for bay-leaf

bay leaf

a leaf, usually dried, of the Mediterranean laurel, Laurus nobilis, used in cooking to flavour soups and stews
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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