bay leaf

noun

Definition of bay leaf 

: the dried leaf of the European laurel (Laurus nobilis) used in cooking

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Then add the black pepper, coriander, crushed red pepper flakes, turmeric, green and black cardamom pods, cloves and bay leaves; cook for 30 to 45 seconds, until fragrant. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Jaggery, tamarind and ghee: Nik Sharma sets a multicultural, seasonal table," 16 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, in a separate small pot, combine 1⅓ cups water, vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns, thyme and bay leaf. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 Add broth, lemon juice, bay leaf, cloves, cayenne and black pepper. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Soup Yourself: Recipes Right for This Season," 19 Apr. 2018 Add yellow onion, garlic, celery, carrot, bay leaves, peppercorns, and 4 cups water. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Lobster Shepherd’s Pie," 19 Mar. 2018 Add diced tomatoes, stock, bay leaf, dulse, Creole seasoning and Old Bay seasoning. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Vegan etouffee? Don't knock till you try it, cookbook author says," 2 June 2017 Add tomatoes, chicken stock, vinegar, bay leaves, chiles, thyme, and pepper and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer for about 15 minutes. Steven Satterfield, Country Living, "Savannah Red Rice with Shrimp and Smoked Sausage," 1 Feb. 2011 Transfer pork to a plate; discard onions and bay leaves. Anna Stockwell, Bon Appetit, "Party Posole Rojo," 26 Mar. 2018 Add bay leaves, turmeric and drained rice, stirring to coat grains with oil. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Floyd Cardoz’s Spiced Asparagus With Coconut and Turmeric Rice," 21 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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bay leaf

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bay leaf

: a dried leaf from the bay tree that has a sweet smell and is used in cooking

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