Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the tribe Phyllodoceae — the mountain laurel and related trees.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of North American shrubs with poisonous evergreen foliage and corymbs of showy flowers. Called also mountain laurel, ivy bush, lamb kill, calico bush, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of American ericaceous shrubs belonging to the tribe Rhodoreæ distinguished by the open bell-shaped corolla and ten hypogynous stamens with elongated filaments.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any plant of the genus Kalmia

Etymologies

New Latin From Kalm + -ia, after the Finnish botanist Pehr Kalm. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Among the extremely rare plants recently introduced into cultivation are two from the State of North Carolina, species which were but imperfectly known to botanical science, namely, the dwarf sumach (Rhus michauxi, Sargent) and the deciduous kalmia (Kalmia cuneata, Michaux).

    North Carolina and its Resources.

  • In order to squeeze the technology into the netbook's small form factor, Samsung has developed its own LTE chipset, dubbed Kalmia - which the company is heralding as the first of its kind.

    PC PRO

  • I cross the D.C. line, turn right onto Kalmia Road and park.

    Which way? Connector vs. Interstate

  • Out of Brooklyn, Rubblebucket's airy dance music profits from a lineup that includes horns, African percussion and Kalmia Traver on lead vocals.

    Jamming on Rock and Gospel

  • (In the picture you can also see my little Kalmia mountain laurel ‘Minuet.’)

    Bravo! Love my Encore Azaleas « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • Heath balds represent the xeric extreme at higher elevations and are dominated by ericaceous shrubs such as Rhododenron catawbiense, R. minus, Kalmia latifolia and Leiophyllum buxfolium.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, United States

  • Higher elevation forests towards the east have yellow birch, mountain maple, sugar maple, beech, and eastern hemlock with extensive understories of mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) and rhododendron (Rhododendron spp.).

    Appalachian mixed mesophytic forests

  • He recommends the dwarf "Elf" Kalmia latifolia 'Elf' to fill in the "leggy spaces" in front of rhododendrons.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • But even greater diversification is possible by using other members of the heath family such as Japanese andromeda (Pieris japonica), usually called 'pieris, and mountin laurel (Kalmia).

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • The boreal forest in this ecoregion is characterized by dwarf, open and sometimes closed cover patches of black spruce (Picea mariana) and balsam fir (Abies balsamea) alternating with communities of dwarf kalmia (Kalmia polifolia) and mosses.

    Newfoundland Highland forests

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