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[lawr-uh-stahy-nuh s] /ˌlɔr əˈstaɪ nəs/
a southern European evergreen shrub, Viburnum tinus, of the honeysuckle family, having large clusters of white or pinkish flowers.
Origin of laurustinus
1655-65; < New Latin, formerly laurus tīnus (Latin laurus laurel + tīnus a plant, perhaps laurustinus) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The dark walls were quite covered with holly and ivy, mixed with the blossoms of laurustinus and some bright flowers.

  • The all-prevailing ivy was filled with berries, and the laurustinus was already in bloom.

    Whip and Spur George E. Waring
  • Gladys gave a little shriek of dismay as Daisy thrust her parasol into a laurustinus.

    Daisy's Aunt

    E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
  • Anemone fulgens is a grand cutting flower, and looks well with its own leaves only or with flowering twigs of laurustinus.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • It was separated from the Boulevard de la Madeleine by a green paddock, and was concealed in a nest of laurustinus and clematis.

  • He pointed to a serpentine walk, overarched by laurustinus, and they had proceeded some yards before he spoke again.

    Vashti Augusta J. Evans Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for laurustinus


a Mediterranean caprifoliaceous shrub, Viburnum tinus, with glossy evergreen leaves and white or pink fragrant flowers
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Latin laurus laurel
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