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mountain laurel

noun
1.
a North American laurel, Kalmia latifolia, having terminal clusters of rose to white flowers: the state flower of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Also called calico bush.
Origin of mountain laurel
1750-1760
1750-60, Americanism
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  • The wood of mountain laurel weighs 44.62 pounds per cubic foot.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Rhododendron maximum, L. (mountain laurel of North America).

  • The mountain laurel holds above gleaming leaves its marvelously carven cups, faint pink or white, amber-flecked.

    Minstrel Weather Marian Storm
  • The buckthorn, for example, was just coming out; and the dogwood, and the mountain laurel.

    Gold Stewart White
  • On their hardy shrubs the pale pink clusters of mountain laurel were beaten into shapeless colour-masses by the wind-blown rains.

    The Voice of the People Ellen Glasgow
  • On its high bank the ghost-like glory of a mountain laurel overhung the dark water.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
  • It is believed that birds that feed upon the mountain laurel furnish a food poisonous to man.

  • One day he found a mountain laurel flowering in the woods, and gathering a spray he sat with it in his hands and dreamed of Betty.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • Flowers and foliage of mountain laurel are highly esteemed as decorations, foliage in winter, and the flowers in May and June.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The utilization of mountain laurel is not confined to the trunks which reach tree size.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for mountain laurel

mountain laurel

noun
1.
any of various ericaceous shrubs or trees of the genus Kalmia, esp K. latifolia of E North America, which has leathery poisonous leaves and clusters of pink or white flowers Also called calico bush
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