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great laurel

a tall shrub, Rhododendron maximum, of eastern North America, having rose-pink flowers.
Also called great rhododendron, rosebay.
Origin of great laurel
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • great laurel (Rhododendron maximum) is also in the heath family.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • A common name is simply laurel, but that does not distinguish it from the great laurel which is often associated with it.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • They deposited their basket where Betty would find it, under the shadow of the great laurel in the back avenue.

    A World of Girls L. T. Meade
  • It flashed upon her like a sudden light, though they were standing in the shade of a great laurel.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant

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