from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of trees including, according to modern authors, only the true laurel (Laurus nobilis), and the larger Laurus Canariensis of Madeira and the Canary Islands. Formerly the sassafras, the camphor tree, the cinnamon tree, and several other aromatic trees and shrubs, were also referred to the genus Laurus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of apetalous trees, type of the natural order Laurineæ, falling within the tribe Litseaceæ.
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- n. small evergreen trees or shrubs with aromatic leaves
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Bay Leaf is harvested from the Laurel tree laurus nobilis and is noted for its distinctive fragrance when cooked.
They call it a slow laurus because you can see how slow it moves.
But I will choose a site, whose latitude shall be 45 degrees (I respect not minutes) in the midst of the temperate zone, or perhaps under the equator, that  paradise of the world, ubi semper virens laurus, &c. where is a perpetual spring: the longitude for some reasons I will conceal.
Thracio et laurus insana quae allata in convivium convivas omnes insania affecit.
In this cage a slow laurus (ph), a primate nearly driven to extinction in Thailand.
The mountain is covered with pines, and the laurus cerasus, the fruit of which being now ripe, made a most romantic appearance through the snow that lay upon the branches.
 'Hedera quo que vel laurus et hujusmodi, quæ semper servant virorem, in sarcophago corpori substernantur, ad significandum, quod qui moriuntur in Christo, vivere non desinant; nam licet mundo moriantur secundum corpus, tamen secundum animam vivunt et reviviscunt in
The _laurus cinnamomum_ and _cassia odoriferata_ are produced in abundance about
The _laurus_ of the ancients was probably the baytree, and not what we now call laurel.
Scipiadae, quid Fabricius manesque Camilli, quid Cremerae legio et Cannis consumpta iuventus, tot bellorum animae, quotiens hinc talis ad illos umbra venit? cuperent lustrari, si qua darentur sulpura cum taedis et si foret umida laurus. illic heu miseri traducimur. arma quidem ultra litora Iuvernae promovimus et modo captas