mountain laurel


Definition of mountain laurel 

: a North American evergreen shrub or small tree (Kalmia latifolia) of the heath family with glossy leaves and umbels of rose-colored or white flowers

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Rzeznikiewicz brought his group to a variety of different locations, including areas with conifers, open fields, marshes, water bodies, streams, shrub lands, mountain laurel thickets, and deciduous forests. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Connecticut Audubon Hosts Migration Madness Weekend," 29 May 2018 The trail continues to wind through the preserve passing groves of mountain laurel to the top of the Baldwin Brook ravine. Peter Marteka,, "A Hike Among Giants Worthy Of A King's Mark," 5 May 2018 Visitors can extend their journey farther west through a pretty impressive mountain laurel grove, which must be spectacular when the state flower is in bloom. Peter Marteka,, "Peter Marteka: Falling For Flat Brook Falls And The Shenipsit Trail," 11 Mar. 2018 Teddy Bear magnolias and Texas mountain laurels might figure into a planting somehow. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Can’t keep a good holly shrub down — even when you want to," 9 Mar. 2018

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1739, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mountain laurel

: a North American evergreen tree or bush that has shiny leaves and pink or white flowers

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