from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An evergreen tree. Umbellularia Californica, of the Pacific United States, variously known as mountain-laurel, California laurel, olive, or bay-tree, and cajeput.
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It is the true spice-tree of our Northern clime, the myrrh and frankincense of the land of lingering snow.
The trees, which are of the same kind with those we called the spice-tree at New Holland, were lofty and straight, and from two to four feet in circumference.
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