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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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  • Bay-leaf, the leaf of the sweet-bay or laurel tree (Laurus nobilis).

  • North and south dunes glimmered; and the hot fragrance of sweet-bay mingled with the mounting savour of the sea.

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
  • The wind died away; the odor of cedar and sweet-bay hung heavy in the air.

    In Search of the Unknown Robert W. Chambers
  • He fidgetted with his sweet-bay twig, considering the aromatic leaves with a troubled and concentrated scowl.

    Quick Action Robert W. Chambers
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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