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sweet bay

noun
1.
laurel (def 1).
2.
an American magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, having large oblong leaves and fragrant, white flowers, common on the Atlantic coast.
Origin of sweet bay
1710-1720
1710-20
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  • It's made from the leaves of the sweet bay tree, which grows on all these islands and all over this country.

    Dick in the Everglades A. W. Dimock
  • The salt sea wind whistled and curled through the crested waves, blowing in perfumed puffs across thickets of sweet bay and cedar.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • But more lovely than any of the shrubs along the river was that small tree known as the sweet bay or the swamp laurel.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • There was the scent of sweet bay in the room, and everywhere the subtle, nameless perfume of the sea.

    In Search of the Unknown Robert W. Chambers
  • The roads show sandy, and you see an occasional clump of sweet bay in the pastures.

    A Northern Countryside Rosalind Richards
  • Tie a small quantity of thyme, sweet bay leaves and parsley in a bit of cloth.

  • There was the scent of sweet bay in the room, and everywhere the subtile, nameless perfume of the sea.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • Impetuously the canoe swung to pass around a spit of land covered with a thicket of sweet bay.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • The wind died away; the odour of cedar and sweet bay hung heavy in the air.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • The oil produced is the oil of bay laurel, oil of sweet bay.

British Dictionary definitions for sweet bay

sweet bay

noun
1.
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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