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California laurel

noun
1.
Also called bay tree. a tree, Umbellularia californica, of the laurel family, native to the western coast of the U.S., having aromatic leaves and umbels of yellowish-green flowers.
2.
the hard, golden-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture and decorative objects.
Also called myrtle, Oregon myrtle, pepperwood.
Origin of California laurel
1870-1875
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75
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