sheep laurel


a low North American shrub, Kalmia angustifolia, of the heath family, having oblong leaves poisonous to grazing animals.

Origin of sheep laurel

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
Also called dwarf laurel, lambkill. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for dwarf laurel

  • In this region the rhododendron is called laurel and the laurel (the sheep-laurel of New England) is called ivy.

    On Horseback|Charles Dudley Warner