California laurel

noun

: an evergreen Pacific coast tree (Umbellularia californica) of the laurel family with small umbellate flowers

Examples of California laurel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our colleague and gardening fan Jeanette Marantos gathered a panel of experts to recommend what to plant, including the Cleveland sage — with aromas from sweet to sharply savory — and the California laurel, a handsome forest tree that can grow from 6 to 60 feet tall. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2022 Even though its entire farm was burned down in the LNU Lightning Complex Fire, the owners know from a previous fire that its California laurel trees will come back. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, 10 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of California laurel was in 1857

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“California laurel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/California%20laurel. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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