red bay

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noun

an evergreen tree, Persea borbonia, of the eastern coast of the U.S., having faintly bluish-green leaves and blue or blue-black, red-stalked fruit, grown as an ornamental.

Nearby words

  1. red army faction,
  2. red badge of courage, the,
  3. red bag,
  4. red bank,
  5. red bark,
  6. red beds,
  7. red biddy,
  8. red birch,
  9. red bird,
  10. red blood cell

Origin of red bay

An Americanism dating back to 1720–30

Also called bull bay.

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Examples from the Web for red bay

  • I examined with suspicion the red-bay horse that had been assigned to me.

    Alaska|Ella Higginson