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Topic: PLANTS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: lorier, from lor 'laurel', from Latin laurus

laurel

noun
     
laur‧el
1 [uncountable and countable]HBP a small tree with smooth shiny dark green leaves that do not fall in winter
2

rest/sit on your laurels

to be satisfied with what you have achieved and therefore stop trying to achieve anything new
3

look to your laurels

to work hard in order not to lose the success that you have achieved
4

laurels

[plural] honours that you receive for something you have achieved:
academic laurels
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