red bay


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.

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Also called bull bay.

Origin of red bay

An Americanism dating back to 1720–30
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Example sentences from the Web for red bay

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

    Alaska|Ella Higginson