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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A frequently cultivated Eurasian evergreen shrub or small tree (Prunus laurocerasus) in the rose family, having showy clusters of white flowers and glossy foliage that yields an oil similar to bitter almond oil.

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  • n. An evergreen shrub, native to regions bordering the Black Sea in southwestern Asia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an evergreen shrub (Prunus Lauro-cerasus) common in shrubberies, the poisonous leaves of which have a flavor like that of bitter almonds.
  • n. (in England called laurel). See under Cherry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The English name of Cerasus Lauro-Cerasus, natural order Rosace┼ô, a native of Asia Minor.

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

  • n. frequently cultivated Eurasian evergreen shrub or small tree having showy clusters of white flowers and glossy foliage and yielding oil similar to bitter almond oil
  • n. small flowering evergreen tree of southern United States

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