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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Lauraceae — the California laurel or Oregon myrtle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A genus of deep-sea alcyonaria consisting of a cluster of large flowerlike polyps situated at the summit of a long, slender stem which stands upright in the mud, supported by a bulbous base.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of apetalous trees, of the order Laurineæ and tribe Litseaceæ.
  • n. In zoology, a genus of deepsea alcyonarian polyps, having the polypites clustered in an umbel on top of the polypidom, and a long slender stalk somewhat bulbous at the base, as in U. encrinus or U. grœnlandica.

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

  • n. aromatic evergreen trees of Pacific coast


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  • Other noteworthy species include: Douglas fir Pseudotsuga menziesii, western hemlock Tsuga heterophylla, tan oak Lithocarpus densiflorus, grand fir Abies grandis, Sitka spruce Picea sitchensis, madrone Arbutus menziesii, big leaf maple Acer macrophyllum, California laurel/bay Umbellularia californica, of which the tallest stands occur on the alluvial flats and terraces along larger streams.

    Redwood National Park, United States

  • California Bay California bay leaves come from an entirely different tree, the California native Umbellularia californica.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen


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