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bay tree

noun
1.
laurel (def 1).
2.
Origin of bay tree
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30
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  • It was that episode under the bay tree, when she was only a little girl.

    The Readjustment Will Irwin
  • The houseleek and bay tree were supposed to afford protection from lightning.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • Assuredly the wicked should not always flourish like the bay tree.

    Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
  • He was more familiar with the colour of a bay horse than the tints of a bay tree.

    The Parish Clerk (1907) Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • At the moment when Graham had first entered it, it was in its second year and was flourishing like the proverbial bay tree.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • Running to the foot of the bay tree, he was delighted to find that he had bagged a plump turkey-hen.

    Captain Ted Louis Pendleton
  • Nearly two thousand years ago, Pliny wrote, "As regards products of the earth, lightning never strikes the bay tree."

    Thunder and Lightning

    Camille Flammarion
  • The bay tree was believed to have the property of protection against fire or lightning.

  • To crown this chapter then, tho in the last place, (for so finis coronat opus) we reserve the bay tree.

    Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2) John Evelyn
  • The bay tree gives us a curious instance of the capriciousness of English plant names.

British Dictionary definitions for bay tree

bay tree

noun
1.
another name for bay4 (sense 1)
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