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 for Spurge laurel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spurge \Spurge\, n. [OF. espurge, F. ['e]purge, from OF.
     espurgier to purge, L. expurgare. See Expurgate, Purge.]
     Any plant of the genus Euphorbia. See Euphorbia.
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     Spurge+flax,+an+evergreen+shrub+({Daphne+Gnidium">Spurge flax, an evergreen shrub ({Daphne Gnidium) with
        crowded narrow leaves. It is a native of Southern Europe.
     Spurge+laurel,+a+European+shrub+({Daphne+Laureola">Spurge laurel, a European shrub ({Daphne Laureola) with
        oblong evergreen leaves.
     Spurge nettle. See under Nettle.
     Spurge+olive,+an+evergreen+shrub+({Daphne+oleoides">Spurge olive, an evergreen shrub ({Daphne oleoides) found
        in the Mediterranean region.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Laurel \Lau"rel\, n. [OE. lorel, laurer, lorer, OF. lorier,
     laurier, F. laurier, (assumed) LL. Laurarius, fr. L. laurus.]
     1. (Bot.) An evergreen shrub, of the genus Laurus ({Laurus
        nobilis), having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape,
        with clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their
        axils; -- called also sweet bay.
     Note: The fruit is a purple berry. It is found about the
           Mediterranean, and was early used by the ancient Greeks
           to crown the victor in the games of Apollo. At a later
           period, academic honors were indicated by a crown of
           laurel, with the fruit. The leaves and tree yield an
           aromatic oil, used to flavor the bay water of commerce.
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     Note: The name is extended to other plants which in some
           respect resemble the true laurel. See Phrases, below.
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     2. A crown of laurel; hence, honor; distinction; fame; --
        especially in the plural; as, to win laurels.
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     3. 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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     Laurel water, water distilled from the fresh leaves of the
        cherry laurel, and containing prussic acid and other
        products carried over in the process.
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     American laurel, or Mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia;
        called also calico bush. See under Mountain.
     California laurel, Umbellularia Californica.
     Cherry laurel (in England called laurel). See under
     Great+laurel,+the+rosebay+({Rhododendron+maximum">Great laurel, the rosebay ({Rhododendron maximum).
     Ground laurel, trailing arbutus.
     New Zealand laurel, the Laurelia Nov[ae] Zelandi[ae].
     Portugal laurel, the Prunus Lusitanica.
     Rose laurel, the oleander. See Oleander.
     Sheep laurel, a poisonous shrub, Kalmia angustifolia,
        smaller than the mountain laurel, and with smaller and
        redder flowers.
     Spurge laurel, Daphne Laureola.
     West Indian laurel, Prunus occidentalis.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  spurge laurel
      n 1: bushy Eurasian shrub with glossy leathery oblong leaves and
           yellow-green flowers [syn: spurge laurel, wood laurel,
           Daphne laureola]

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