bay leaf

[ bey-leef ]

  1. the dried leaf of the bay laurel, Laurus nobilis, used in cooking.

  2. the leaf of the bayberry, Pimenta racemosa, used in making bay oil and bay rum.

Origin of bay leaf

First recorded in 1630–40

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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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