bay leaf

noun

Definition of bay leaf

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

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Using a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine chicken broth, onion, carrot, celery, garlic and bay leaf. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Not quite Panera's chicken noodle soup, but just as tasty," 16 Mar. 2018 Flip pork chops and add 3 tablespoons butter, rosemary, smashed garlic and bay leaves to pan. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Classic and Comforting Pork Chop Recipe, Refined," 18 Dec. 2018 Add carrot, onion, celery, and bay leaves and sauté until soft, about two minutes. House Beautiful, "Miles Angelo's Brined Turkey, Herb-and-Mustard-Stuffed Legs, Gold Corn Brioche Dressing and Giblet Gravy," 1 Nov. 2012 Add wine, parsley, juniper berries, garlic, bay leaves, carrots, onions, leeks and thyme. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "Packed with flavor and prettily potted, the traditional Alsatian stew baeckeoffe is rich wintertime comfort," 11 Dec. 2018 Bundles of bay leaf, sage, seeded eucalyptus, and white pine add a lovely accent to every plate. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Roast chicken, quinoa, and Brussels sprouts Recipe: Cook ½ cups quinoa with 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth and 1 bay leaf. Redbook, "The Foodie Cleanse: Day 6," 6 Jan. 2014 Return beef and bacon to pot, then add broth, thyme, and bay leaves; bring to a simmer. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Easy Beef Bourguignon," 30 Nov. 2018 Although sage bundles are the most familiar tools for smudging (with these rituals rooted in some indigenous cultures in the U.S.), any herb with associated healing properties—like bay leaf, lavender, or lemongrass—will do the trick. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 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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