mountain laurel definition

  • noun:
    • An evergreen shrub (Kalmia latifolia) of eastern united states, having leathery toxic leaves and clusters of green or white flowers. Also referred to as calico bush.
    • A bush, Kalmia latifolia in the household Ericaceae, indigenous to the east united states of america. It is a flowering evergreen, all parts of that are toxic. It will be the condition tree of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
    • Kalmia latifolia. See cut under Kalmia.
    • Umbellularia Californica.
    • A plant of the genus Ocotea (Oreodaphne).
    • Pacific shore tree having fragrant vegetation and small umbellate blossoms followed by olivelike good fresh fruit; yields a difficult tough lumber
    • a North United states evergreen shrub having glossy leaves and white or rose-colored blossoms
  • adjective:
    • an American shrub (Kalmia latifolia) with shiny evergreen leaves and showy groups of rose-colored or white blossoms. The foliage is poisonous. Known as additionally United states laurel, ivy-bush, and calico bush. See Kalmia.

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