• Laurus Nobilis, L
    Laurus Nobilis, L
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Laurus small evergreen trees or shrubs with aromatic leaves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Laurus (Bot) A genus of trees including, according to modern authors, only the true laurel (Laurus nobilis), and the larger Laurus Canariensis of Madeira and the Canary Islands. Formerly the sassafras, the camphor tree, the cinnamon tree, and several other aromatic trees and shrubs, were also referred to the genus Laurus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n laurus A genus of apetalous trees, type of the natural order Laurineæ, falling within the tribe Litseaceæ. It is characterized by polygamous flowers in clusters of four together in an involucre, a perianth of 4 segments, and usually 12 to 20 stamens. Only 2 species are known, one, L. nobilis, the true laurel, inhabiting the Mediterranean region, the other, L. Canariensis, confined to the Canary Islands. They are small trees having alternate, entire, evergreen leaves, with the flower-clusters borne in their axils. The fruit is an ovoid berry. (See laurel.) An immense number of fossil leaves agreeing in all essential respects with those of Laurus have been found, ranging from the Lower Cretaceous of the British Northwest Territory and the Middle Cretaceous of Kansas, Greenland, and Bohemia to the Pliocene and Quaternary of Europe, showing clearly that the plants of this genus and closely related types were much more abundant formerly than now. L. Canariensis is also thus proved to have existed on the continent of Europe in Pliocene time.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., laurel


In literature:

To bless good Sakil Laurus would be first; But Sakil's prince and Sakil's God he curst.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Issue 10, August, 1858" by Various
Then, close beside Thrasaric, Laurus grasped at the rope hanging from the Moor's wrists.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
Laurus nobilis (Sweet Bay).
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
I then convinced him that this tree was a species of laurus, and so of other plants.
"Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnæus" by William MacGillivray

In news:

Bay Laurel ( Laurus Nobilis ).
Bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) is a beautiful evergreen shrub of culinary fame.
LOS ANGELES— Laurus Corporation, a real estate investment and development firm, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Hilton Salt Lake City at Salt Lake City International Airport.
The Laurus chair from The HON Co.