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bay leaf

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Cut onion and turnip fine and put in a muslin bag with bay leaf, peppercorns and celery leaves.

  • Also lard it with bay leaf or rosemary to be removed when serving.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Put in roasting pan with a small sliced onion, one-fourth cup each of turnip and carrot, season with bay leaf and parsley.

  • Simmer vegetables and bay leaf in oil for 10 m. Do not brown.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • Put vegetables in pudding dish in order given, with a piece of bay leaf occasionally.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • Add a soup bouquet with the addition of some spices and a bay leaf.

  • Cook the peas, together with their juice from the cans, and the onion and bay leaf until the peas are soft.

    Quantity Cookery Lenore Richards
British Dictionary definitions for bay leaf

bay leaf

a leaf, usually dried, of the Mediterranean laurel, Laurus nobilis, used in cooking to flavour soups and stews
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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