- the dried leaf of the laurel, used in cookery.
- the leaf of the bayberry, Pimenta racemosa, used in making bay oil and bay rum.
Origin of bay leaf
First recorded in 1630–40
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Examples from the Web for bay leaf
Should the onion or bay-leaf be objectionable to some, they may of course be omitted.The Gastronomic Regenerator:
Add some broth, two carrots (chopped), a bay-leaf, and a chopped sausage or two.Cakes & Ale
Let him try, next time, some white vinegar in the water and a bay-leaf or two.Alone
Bay-leaf, the leaf of the sweet-bay or laurel tree (Laurus nobilis).
Simmer for an hour and a half, take out the bay-leaf, and serve in a casserole.The Myrtle Reed Cook Book
- a leaf, usually dried, of the Mediterranean laurel, Laurus nobilis, used in cooking to flavour soups and stews
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