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leatherleaf

[leth -er-leef] /ˈlɛð ərˌlif/
noun, plural leatherleaves.
1.
an evergreen shrub, Chamaedaphne calyculata, of the heath family, having leathery leaves and one-sided clusters of white, bell-shaped flowers, occurring in bogs in North America.
Origin of leatherleaf
1810-1820
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20; leather + leaf
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