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laurel family

the plant family Lauraceae, characterized by evergreen or deciduous trees having simple, leathery leaves, aromatic bark and foliage, clusters of small green or yellow flowers, and fruit in the form of a berry or drupe, and including the avocado, bay, laurels of the genera Laurus and Umbellularia, sassafras, spicebush (Lindera benzoin), and the trees that yield camphor and cinnamon. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is of the laurel family, but is as hardy as the long-lived olive-tree.

    The Pearl of India Maturin M. Ballou
  • In the Flora of tropical Asia a very important position is occupied by the laurel family.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • Red Bay (Persea borbonia) is a southern member of the laurel family, and close akin to sassafras and the California laurel.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • It belongs to the laurel family, and is the only member of it which produces eatable fruit.

  • In the damp places of Southern woods the spice berries of the laurel family are shining in small clusters.

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