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mountain laurel

  1. a North American laurel, Kalmia latifolia, having terminal clusters of rose to white flowers: the state flower of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
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Origin of mountain laurel

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60
Also called calico bush.
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Examples from the Web for mountain laurel

Historical Examples

  • Seven days he ate no food, and quenched his thirst with only the dew which lay upon the mountain-laurel.

    Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)

    James Athearn Jones

  • The mountain-laurel welcomes the twilight moth with an impulsive multiple embrace.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson

British Dictionary definitions for mountain laurel

mountain laurel

  1. any of various ericaceous shrubs or trees of the genus Kalmia, esp K. latifolia of E North America, which has leathery poisonous leaves and clusters of pink or white flowersAlso called: calico bush
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