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sweet bay

laurel (def 1).
an American magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, having large oblong leaves and fragrant, white flowers, common on the Atlantic coast.
Origin of sweet bay
1710-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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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

a small tree, Magnolia virginiana, of SE North America, having large fragrant white flowers: family Magnoliaceae (magnolias) Sometimes shortened to bay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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