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 for calico bush
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kalmia \Kal"mi*a\, n. [NL. Named in honor of Peter Kalm, a
     Swedish botanist.] (Bot.)
     A genus of North American shrubs with poisonous evergreen
     foliage and corymbs of showy flowers. Called also mountain
     laurel, ivy bush, lamb kill, calico bush, etc.
     [1913 Webster]

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.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The name is extended to other plants which in some
           respect resemble the true laurel. See Phrases, below.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A crown of laurel; hence, honor; distinction; fame; --
        especially in the plural; as, to win laurels.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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
        Cherry.
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mountain \Moun"tain\ (moun"t[i^]n), a.
     1. Of or pertaining to a mountain or mountains; growing or
        living on a mountain; found on or peculiar to mountains;
        among mountains; as, a mountain torrent; mountain pines;
        mountain goats; mountain air; mountain howitzer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Like a mountain; mountainous; vast; very great.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The high, the mountain majesty of worth. --Byron.
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     Mountain antelope (Zool.), the goral.
  
     Mountain ash (Bot.), an ornamental tree, the Pyrus
        Americana (or Sorbus Americana), producing beautiful
        bunches of red berries. Its leaves are pinnate, and its
        flowers white, growing in fragrant clusters. The European
        species is the Pyrus aucuparia, or rowan tree.
  
     Mountain barometer, a portable barometer, adapted for safe
        transportation, used in measuring the heights of
        mountains.
  
     Mountain beaver (Zool.), the sewellel.
  
     Mountain blue (Min.), blue carbonate of copper; azurite.
  
     Mountain cat (Zool.), the catamount. See Catamount.
  
     Mountain chain, a series of contiguous mountain ranges,
        generally in parallel or consecutive lines or curves.
  
     Mountain cock (Zool.), capercailzie. See Capercailzie.
  
     Mountain cork (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling
        cork in its texture.
  
     Mountain crystal. See under Crystal.
  
     Mountain damson (Bot.), a large tree of the genus
        Simaruba+({Simaruba+amarga">Simaruba ({Simaruba amarga) growing in the West Indies,
        which affords a bitter tonic and astringent, sometimes
        used in medicine.
  
     Mountain dew, Scotch whisky, so called because often
        illicitly distilled among the mountains. [Humorous]
  
     Mountain ebony (Bot.), a small leguminous tree ({Bauhinia
        variegata) of the East and West Indies; -- so called
        because of its dark wood. The bark is used medicinally and
        in tanning.
  
     Mountain flax (Min.), a variety of asbestus, having very
        fine fibers; amianthus. See Amianthus.
  
     Mountain fringe (Bot.), climbing fumitory. See under
        Fumitory.
  
     Mountain goat. (Zool.) See Mazama.
  
     Mountain green. (Min.)
        (a) Green malachite, or carbonate of copper.
        (b) See Green earth, under Green, a.
  
     Mountain holly (Bot.), a branching shrub ({Nemopanthes
        Canadensis), having smooth oblong leaves and red berries.
        It is found in the Northern United States.
  
     Mountain laurel (Bot.), an American shrub ({Kalmia
        latifolia) with glossy evergreen leaves and showy
        clusters of rose-colored or white flowers. The foliage is
        poisonous. Called also American laurel, ivy bush, and
        calico bush. See Kalmia.
  
     Mountain leather (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling
        leather in its texture.
  
     Mountain licorice (Bot.), a plant of the genus Trifolium
        ({Trifolium Alpinum).
  
     Mountain limestone (Geol.), a series of marine limestone
        strata below the coal measures, and above the old red
        standstone of Great Britain. See Chart of Geology.
  
     Mountain linnet (Zool.), the twite.
  
     Mountain magpie. (Zool.)
        (a) The yaffle, or green woodpecker.
        (b) The European gray shrike.
  
     Mountain mahogany (Bot.) See under Mahogany.
  
     Mountain meal (Min.), a light powdery variety of calcite,
        occurring as an efflorescence.
  
     Mountain milk (Min.), a soft spongy variety of carbonate of
        lime.
  
     Mountain mint. (Bot.) See Mint.
  
     Mountain ousel (Zool.), the ring ousel; -- called also
        mountain thrush and mountain colley. See Ousel.
  
     Mountain pride, or Mountain green (Bot.), a tree of
        Jamaica ({Spathelia simplex), which has an unbranched
        palmlike stem, and a terminal cluster of large, pinnate
        leaves.
  
     Mountain quail (Zool.), the plumed partridge ({Oreortyx
        pictus) of California. It has two long, slender,
        plumelike feathers on the head. The throat and sides are
        chestnut; the belly is brown with transverse bars of black
        and white; the neck and breast are dark gray.
  
     Mountain range, a series of mountains closely related in
        position and direction.
  
     Mountain rice. (Bot.)
        (a) An upland variety of rice, grown without irrigation,
            in some parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States.
        (b) An American genus of grasses ({Oryzopsis).
  
     Mountain rose (Bot.), a species of rose with solitary
        flowers, growing in the mountains of Europe ({Rosa
        alpina).
  
     Mountain soap (Min.), a soft earthy mineral, of a brownish
        color, used in crayon painting; saxonite.
  
     Mountain sorrel (Bot.), a low perennial plant ({Oxyria
        digyna with rounded kidney-form leaves, and small
        greenish flowers, found in the White Mountains of New
        Hampshire, and in high northern latitudes. --Gray.
  
     Mountain sparrow (Zool.), the European tree sparrow.
  
     Mountain spinach. (Bot.) See Orach.
  
     Mountain tobacco (Bot.), a composite plant ({Arnica
        montana) of Europe; called also leopard's bane.
  
     Mountain witch (Zool.), a ground pigeon of Jamaica, of the
        genus Geotrygon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  calico bush
      n 1: a North American evergreen shrub having glossy leaves and
           white or rose-colored flowers [syn: mountain laurel,
           wood laurel, American laurel, calico bush, Kalmia
           latifolia]

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