laurel

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English[edit]

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Laurus nobilis

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English lorrer, Anglo-Norman lorer, from Old French lorier, from lor, from Latin laurus (laurel).

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Noun[edit]

laurel (plural laurels)

  1. An evergreen shrub, of the genus Laurus, having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their axils.
  2. A crown of laurel.
  3. (figuratively, chiefly in the plural) honor, distinction, fame.
    to win laurels; to crown with laurels.
  4. An English gold coin made in 1619, and so called because the king's head on it was crowned with laurel

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Usage notes[edit]

  • The name is extended to other plants which in some respect resemble the true laurel.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via Provençal laurier from Latin laurus (laurel).

Noun[edit]

laurel m (plural laureles)

  1. (botany) laurel

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