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laburnum

[luh-bur-nuh m]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of laburnum

1570–80; < New Latin, Latin
Also called golden chain.
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Historical Examples

  • The larkspurs and laburnums in the garden had no language that she could understand.

    Heroines of Service

    Mary Rosetta Parkman

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

    Virgin Soil

    Ivan S. Turgenev

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

    Demos

    George Gissing

  • 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

  • The laburnums blossom freely at the island, and in the shrubberies on the shore; they are blighted everywhere else.


British Dictionary definitions for laburnums

laburnum

noun
  1. any leguminous tree or shrub of the Eurasian genus Laburnum, having clusters of yellow drooping flowers: all parts of the plant are poisonous
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Word Origin

C16: New Latin, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for laburnums

laburnum

n.

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

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