cherry laurel

1. Also called English laurel. a rosaceous evergreen shrub or small tree, Prunus laurocerasus, of Eurasia, having clusters of white flowers and dark purple fruit.
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plant
 (Prunus laurocerasus, also Laurocerasus officinalis), evergreen shrub, of the rose family (Rosaceae), native to Europe but cultivated, particularly as a hedge plant, in other temperate regions. The Carolina cherry laurel (P. caroliniana) is a closely related species. P. laurocerasus grows about 5.4 metres (18 feet) tall and has glossy, rather oval or lance-shaped leaves 10–15 centimetres (4–6 inches) long. The small white flowers grow in an elongated cluster 5–12 cm long.

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  • cherry laurel — n. any of various prunus shrubs having thick, glossy, evergreen leaves …   English World dictionary

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  • cherry laurel — noun An evergreen shrub, native to regions bordering the Black Sea in southwestern Asia. Syn: English laurel …   Wiktionary

  • cherry laurel — noun an evergreen shrub or small tree with leathery leaves, white flowers, and cherry like fruits, native to the Balkans. [Prunus laurocerasus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • cherry laurel — /tʃɛri ˈlɒrəl/ (say cheree loruhl) noun an evergreen ornamental shrub, Prunus laurocerasus …   Australian English dictionary

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