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