sweet bay


: a magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) of the eastern U.S. that has fragrant white flowers and leaves with glaucous undersides

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fenderbosch noted the status of the city as a Tree USA City and that the sweet bay magnolia will be designated as the Arbor Tree 2021. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2021 Handfuls of shrimp, clams, mussels, crab claws, sweet bay oysters and half of a Maine lobster go into the kettle. Michael Hiller, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sweet bay was in 1716

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“Sweet bay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20bay. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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