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bay leaf

  1. the dried leaf of the laurel, used in cookery.
  2. the leaf of the bayberry, Pimenta racemosa, used in making bay oil and bay rum.
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Origin of bay leaf

First recorded in 1630–40
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Examples from the Web for bay leaf

Historical Examples of bay leaf

  • Should the onion or bay-leaf be objectionable to some, they may of course be omitted.

    The Gastronomic Regenerator:

    Alexis Soyer

  • Add some broth, two carrots (chopped), a bay-leaf, and a chopped sausage or two.

    Cakes & Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • Let him try, next time, some white vinegar in the water and a bay-leaf or two.


    Norman Douglas

  • Bay-leaf, the leaf of the sweet-bay or laurel tree (Laurus nobilis).

  • Simmer for an hour and a half, take out the bay-leaf, and serve in a casserole.

British Dictionary definitions for bay leaf

bay leaf

  1. a leaf, usually dried, of the Mediterranean laurel, Laurus nobilis, used in cooking to flavour soups and stews
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