LAUREL, n. The laurus, a vegetable dedicated to Apollo, and formerly defoliated to wreathe the brows of victors and such poets as had influence at court. (Vide supra.)
2009 Update: A metaphor for admiration, given to honor a successful poet.
Though the winds howl, and the night should turn ebonAnd fear should flow cold through the fount of the pen;Though their names be given to few to adoreAnd the granary bares it's own earthen floor,The complaint is the same where the scribes congregate"All my orchards I'd offer to be laureate."-Anonymous