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Laurel

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La'urel. n.s. [laurus, Lat laurier, French.] A tree, called also the cherry bay.

It hath broad thick shining ever-green leaves, somewhat like those of the bay tree; the cup of the flower is hollow, and funnel-shaped, spreading open at the top, and is divided into five parts: the flower consists of five leaves, which expand in form of a rose, having many stamina in the centre; the fruit, which is like that of the cherry tree, is produced in bunches, and the stone in longer and narrower than that of the cherry. Miller.

The laurus or laurel of the ancients is affirmed by naturalists to be what we call the bay tree. Ainsworth.

The laurel, meed of mighty conquerors,
And poets sage.
Spenser's Fairy Queen.

The laurel or cherry-bay, by cutting away the side branches, will rise to a large tree. Mortimer's Husbandry.

Sources: Ainsworth, Robert (56) · Miller, Philip (58) · Mortimer, John (62) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Laurel." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: March 17, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=18897.


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