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

Examples of mountain laurel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mireles’ blind will include larger-than-life depictions of the park’s greenery, including Texas mountain laurel and prickly pear. Deborah Martin,, "Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge at Hardberger Park opens Friday, but the party will have to wait," 10 Dec. 2020 Abutting the Merrimack River, this state park offers running trails, 19th-century gardens, open meadows, massive pine trees and mountain laurel. Hannah Selinger, WSJ, "Welcome to Newburyport, Where Million-Dollar Homes Are Flying Off the Shelves," 14 Oct. 2020 But Ireijo, who now lives in Westport, focused on flora and fauna indigenous to Connecticut: the state bird, the American robin, the state flower, mountain laurel, as well as trumpet honeysuckles, witch hazel, goldenrod., "10 bus shelters in West Hartford coming alive with murals," 21 Aug. 2020 The deer do not usually eat Texas mountain laurel, but the bucks do sometimes injure the plant by rubbing their antlers on the stems. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Deer-proof plant suggestions for your San Antonio garden," 7 May 2020 These picturesque bodies of water, surrounded by white pines and mountain laurel, were dug by hand during the late 1800s and early 1900s to provide water for the Hospital for the Insane — known today as Connecticut Valley Hospital. Peter Marteka,, "Four colorful Connecticut fall hikes with water views," 9 Oct. 2019 Texas mountain laurel blooms at the same time as redbud. Calvin Finch,, "What’s blooming now in February in San Antonio-area gardens," 13 Feb. 2020 Here’s the lowdown: These plants are poisonous and should never be ingested: ● chrysanthemum ● daffodil ● holly ● hyacinth ● ivy ● mistletoe ● mountain laurelIf your pet chews on any of these plants, contact your veterinarian immediately. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: These plants are pretty … poisonous," 14 Dec. 2019 But there was lots of pruning and brush cutting to take advantage of a brush pick-up recently, and that may have given more easy access to the Texas mountain laurel and esperanza that were wounded. Calvin Finch,, "How to deal with the garden damage from the dang deer," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mountain laurel

1739, in the meaning defined above

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17 Dec 2020

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“Mountain laurel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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