American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An evergreen shrub (Kalmia latifolia) of eastern North America, having leathery poisonous leaves and clusters of pink or white flowers. Also called calico bush.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Kalmia latifolia. See cut under Kalmia.
- n. Umbellularia Californica.
- n. A plant of the genus Ocotea (Oreodaphne).
- n. A bush, Kalmia latifolia in the family Ericaceae, native to the Eastern United States. It is a flowering evergreen, all parts of which are toxic. It is the state tree of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) an American shrub (Kalmia latifolia) with glossy evergreen leaves and showy clusters of rose-colored or white flowers. The foliage is poisonous. Called also
American laurel, ivy bush, and calico bush. See Kalmia.
- n. Pacific coast tree having aromatic foliage and small umbellate flowers followed by olivelike fruit; yields a hard tough wood
- n. a North American evergreen shrub having glossy leaves and white or rose-colored flowers
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