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California laurel

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noun

Also called bay tree. a tree, Umbellularia californica, of the laurel family, native to the western coast of the U.S., having aromatic leaves and umbels of yellowish-green flowers.
the hard, golden-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture and decorative objects.

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Also called myrtle, Oregon myrtle, pepperwood.

Origin of California laurel

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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