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bay tree

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noun
  1. laurel(def 1).
  2. California laurel(def 1).

Origin of bay tree

First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for bay tree

Historical Examples

  • Beside her there was a running stream, on the bank of which grew a bay-tree.

    Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches

    Maurice Baring

  • The bay-tree rouses him to real eloquence, though not for Apollo's sake.

    Apologia Diffidentis

    W. Compton Leith

  • Don Silverio raised him and dragged him into the shade of a bay-tree and dashed water on him from the river.

    The Waters of Edera

    Louise de la Rame, a.k.a. Ouida

  • The decay of the Bay-tree, which is generally rapid, was formerly considered as an omen of disaster.

  • Again, we know that the bay-tree, or laurel, was dedicated to the oracular Pythian Apollo.

    A Strange Story, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for bay tree

bay tree

noun
  1. another name for bay 4 (def. 1)
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