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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurus_nobilis

 

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurus_nobilis

[...] THE SYMBOLISM CARRIED OVER TO ROMAN CULTURE, WHICH HELD THE LAUREL AS A SYMBOL OF VICTORY.

IT IS ALSO THE SOURCE OF THE WORDS BACCALAUREATE

AND POET LAUREATE, AS WELL AS THE EXPRESSIONS "ASSUME THE LAUREL" AND "RESTING ON ONE'S LAURELS".