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[luh-bur-nuh m] /ləˈbɜr nəm/
any of several small trees belonging to the genus Laburnum, of the legume family, having elongated clusters of pendulous yellow flowers, especially L. alpinum, the Scotch laburnum.
Also called golden chain.
Origin of laburnum
1570-80; < New Latin, Latin Unabridged
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  • The lilacs and laburnums had put on their ball-dresses for the season, and there was a fresh, youthful feeling in the air.

    A Crooked Path Mrs. Alexander
  • The larkspurs and laburnums in the garden had no language that she could understand.

    Heroines of Service Mary Rosetta Parkman
  • The laburnums point up instead of hanging down, and I am sure Mary would have altered it if she could.

    The Carbonels Charlotte M. Yonge
  • When she neared the laburnums behind which she often sat or walked, her ear caught the sound of voices.

    Demos George Gissing
  • Holmhurst is now a nest of spring blossoms, the azaleas glorious, and the gold of the laburnums quite hiding the leaves.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • Being of extremely inquiring minds, we picked the larkspurs and laburnums to pieces, but became nothing the wiser for the process.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • Then I caught a glimpse of gold from the laburnums, of purple from the lilacs, of white from the sweet acacia trees.

    Coralie Charlotte M. Braeme
  • They raced and chased each other up and down the gravel walks between the lilacs and laburnums bursting into blossom.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
  • The laburnums glistened, rustling to and fro in the breeze; a ripple ran over everything.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • The plum-trees and laburnums were in blossom; their white and yellow masses gleamed through the interlacing boughs.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for laburnums


any leguminous tree or shrub of the Eurasian genus Laburnum, having clusters of yellow drooping flowers: all parts of the plant are poisonous
Word Origin
C16: New Latin, from Latin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for laburnums



1570s, from Latin laburnum (Pliny), of unknown origin; perhaps from Etruscan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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