mountain laurel


noun

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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Also called calico bush.

Origin of mountain laurel

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60
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mountain laurel

noun

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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