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red bay

an evergreen tree, Persea borbonia, of the eastern coast of the U.S., having faintly bluish-green leaves and blue or blue-black, red-stalked fruit, grown as an ornamental.
Also called bull bay.
Origin of red bay
An Americanism dating back to 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • red bay, where Skipper Tom lived, is one of these settlements.

  • Every one in red bay said it had been destroyed, and no doubt of that.

  • 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
  • About midnight we sighted land ahead, and supposed it to be the cape immediately to the west of red bay.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • He landed at Cushendun only to find that his castle on red bay was already burned and dismantled.

  • If they remained at red bay under the old conditions they would all starve, and they might as well starve somewhere else.

  • At red bay, as elsewhere on the coast, bad seasons for fishing came now and again.

  • On the occasion of these visits he conducted services in the chapel on Sunday, and on week days visited every home in red bay.

  • Spurred by the benefits of the red bay store, the people of a little village about forty miles away determined to combine also.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • So on and on and on he went, till at last arriving at red bay he found his schooner at anchor calmly fishing.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

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