- 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)
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Examples from the Web for laurustinus
The dark walls were quite covered with holly and ivy, mixed with the blossoms of laurustinus and some bright flowers.Johnny Ludlow, Second Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
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
It was separated from the Boulevard de la Madeleine by a green paddock, and was concealed in a nest of laurustinus and clematis.
- a Mediterranean caprifoliaceous shrub, Viburnum tinus, with glossy evergreen leaves and white or pink fragrant flowers
C17: from New Latin, from Latin laurus laurel
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