Carolina allspice


noun

an aromatic shrub, Calycanthus floridus, of the southern U.S., having hairy, ovate leaves and purplish-brown flowers.

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Also called sweet shrub.

Origin of Carolina allspice

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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