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laurel tree

sacred to Apollo; a wreath of laurel, or bay, protected the wearer from thunderstorms. [Roman Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 81]
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The laurel tree was cunningly captured by a diaphanous dress of lighted twigs, placed over Daphne's moss green tunic.
This image of a poet resting in the shade recalls the description of the laurel tree in Petrarch's coronation speech.
During August 1991, we sampled 21 laurel trees growing on Gigante Peninsula.
The branch-hair might be associated with the Greek myth of Daphne turning into a laurel tree and recall Bernini's famous sculpture depicting that transformation, but Ruttenberg's scenes are characterised by rigidity and brittleness and her surfaces, when not simply depictive, are more often repellent than seductive.
glabratus, but was included in this study as a potential host since it is a laurel tree native to south Florida, commonly found in coastal hammocks and pinelands.
Two saw-whet owls up there in the laurel tree mirrored the big-eyed dreams of ordinary men, and from a distance, the faint smells of camphor and a meadow of gentian.
The leaves of the laurel tree were made into wreaths and crowns in Roman times for heroes and poets, hence the title 'poet laureate', meaning 'the wreathed or crowned poet'.
The famous Apollo and Daphne from 1625, meanwhile, is read by Karsten as a bitter reminder to the old Scipione that all his attempts to remain at the center of power after his uncle's death were futile--for just as Apollo's object of desire transforms herself into a laurel tree just as he seems able to gain possession of her, so all of Scipione's intrigues and networking proved utterly unsuccessful in the face of unexpected political developments.
Daphne and the Laurel Tree (2006) is a personalized version of an ancient tale, that of the nymph Daphne who, pursued by Apollo, prays for her release from his unwanted attentions by seeking escape in Nature.
Background: The bay leaf, from the Laurel tree, is native to Mediterranean climes.
It could be Apollo's fantasy of union with Daphne after she has turned into the laurel tree.