Sweet-bay definition

A shrub or small tree (Magnolia virginiana) of the eastern United States, having large fragrant white flowers and red fruit.
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A North American magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) with fragrant, white flowers, common along the coast from Maine to Texas.
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Alternative term for true laurel, to distinguish it from related species.
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Origin of sweet-bay

  • From sweet + bay ("berry")

    From Wiktionary