bay leaf


Definition of bay leaf

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

Examples of bay leaf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the oil is hot, add the onion, thyme, bay leaf, 2 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper. Janelle Bitker, Tanay Warerkar, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Nov. 2021 Add the thyme and bay leaf and stir for 20 seconds. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Nov. 2021 Pack the onion, chile and bay leaf in a half-pint jar. Joanne Rosa, ABC News, 3 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, in a coffee or tea filter, tuck in the rosemary, thyme, garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaf., 19 Oct. 2021 Black truffle oil from Regalis Food is combined with caramelized mushrooms, thyme, fresh bay leaf, port, sherry vinegar, Madeira wine and parmesan cheese to create the flavorful spread. Sabrina Weiss,, 12 Oct. 2021 Stir in beef, carrots and bay leaf and use rubber spatula to scrape down sides of pot. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2021 In a large pot over medium heat, add the ghee, cumin seeds, asafoetida, bay leaf, cinnamon and cardamom. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Nov. 2021 Add the bay leaf, 1 1/2 cups water, and a pinch of salt., 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of bay leaf

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bay leaf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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