• WordNet 3.6
    • n kalmia any plant of the genus Kalmia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kalmia (Bot) A genus of North American shrubs with poisonous evergreen foliage and corymbs of showy flowers. Called also mountain laurel ivy bush lamb kill calico bush, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kalmia kal′mi-ä a genus of North American evergreen shrubs, including the American mountain laurel.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. Named in honor of Peter Kalm, , a Swedish botanist
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Peter Kalm, pupil of Linnæus.


In literature:

Bryanthus, a beautiful flowering heathwort, flourishes a few hundred feet above the timberline, accompanied with kalmia and spiraea.
"Steep Trails" by John Muir
All the kalmias resort to a most ingenious device for compelling insect visitors to carry their pollen from blossom to blossom.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
Kalmia, broad-leaved, 157. latifolia, 157.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
The kalmia and the alder gave undergrowth and brilliancy to the foliage.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
He replied, 'Madam, the kalmia has precisely the colours of a seraph's wing.
"Evolution, Old & New" by Samuel Butler
Ribes bushes, vaccinium, and kalmia, now in flower, make beautiful rugs and borders along the banks of the streams.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
The treatment recommended for Kalmias is suitable for the Pernettyas.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
Rhododendrons have strong and scaly winter-buds; while in Kalmia they are naked.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
Dam MEADOW SWEET (1402) by William Tell (587); 2d dam Kalmia (808).
"Herd Record of the Association of Breeders of Thorough-Bred Neat Stock" by Various
Kalmia Cemetery, the tower of the new State Arsenal, and the dome of the State Insane Asylum.
"Peculiarities of American Cities" by Willard Glazier

In poetry:

As gayly as these kalmia flowers
Your door-yard blossoms spring;
As sweetly as these wild-wood birds
Your caged minstrels sing.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Earliest the tryllium, and the bloody plant
Which seems to wound the gathering hand, are seen;
Pink kalmia gems the swamp; on rocky slant
Thick harebells blow; meek violet decks the green.
"The Rose Of The Wilderness (Gathered In Crossing A Portage On The River Winnipeg)" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain

In news:

The haunted house, presented by the Aiken Jaycees, opens Oct 12 in the old CVS building in Kalmia Mall and dares the public to brave the thrills and chills found inside every Friday and Saturday for the rest of the month.
Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket) Album: TigerFace.