from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small tree (Persea borbonia) of the Southern U. S. having dark red heartwood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The laurel.

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

  • n. small tree of southern United States having dark red heartwood


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  • He raised her carefully, bore her to the foot of a great laurel-tree, and taking his cloak, placed her on it, and bent over her in agony.

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  • Therese recognized among them, alone, at a small table against a laurel-tree in a box, Choulette lighting his pipe.

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  • Slid from the hill, as crumbling snow-peaks slide, citron on citron fill the valley, and delight waits till our spirits tire of forest, grove and bush and purple flower of the laurel-tree


  • An ancient laurel-tree – in Brittany the laurels become immense trees – had been uprooted in a thunderstorm and had fallen across the Styx, making a natural rustic bridge.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • Washington having alluded, as he was fond of doing, to the rest he had at last secured for the remnant of his life, as he thought, under the shadow of his own vine and fig-tree, Rochambeau in his answer courteously and sincerely compliments him on the “philosophical” but not definitive quiet he now enjoys under the shadow— “of his laurel-tree.

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  • There, beneath a laurel-tree, he had beheld -- and from her hand had received upon his brow water from the sacred fount, -- a woman of a beauty grave and sublime: the Muse of Parnassus ....

    The Wagnerian Romances

  • The sound of a spring upon the quiet height had reached his ear, murmuring more musically than any spring heard theretofore; stars had appeared in multitude, dancing among the boughs overhead, until, instead of golden fruit, the laurel-tree had swarmed with a host of stars ....

    The Wagnerian Romances

  • Then the grasshoppers drew near and the swans sailed close to the river banks, and the countrymen gathered about to hear wonderful tales of the slaying of the monster Python, and of a king with ass's ears, and of a lovely maiden, Daphne, who grew into a laurel-tree.

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  • The ruins of the old well are still visible, and a laurel-tree

    Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in 19-th Century America

  • To her companion she gleamed, as if a wood - thing, a hamadryad, had slipped out from the laurel-tree and come to dine with him in the dusk.

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