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[suh-ring-guh] /səˈrɪŋ gə/
mock orange (def 1).
any shrub or tree of the genus Syringa, including the lilacs.
Origin of syringa
1655-65; < New Latin < Greek sȳring- (stem of sŷrinx syrinx) + New Latin -a -a2; name first given to mock orange, the stems of which were used in pipe-making Unabridged
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  • I could not do without a syringa, for the sake of Cowper's line.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters

    William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
  • They removed to syringa Villas after that, and did the washing at home.

    More about Pixie Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • You could not see a leaf on the syringa bushes for the white clusters.

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • The rose-bushes dropped their petals, and the syringa moved in the breeze.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • William decided to bring her syringa, handfuls of syringa, armfuls of syringa.

    Just William Richmal Crompton
  • On a table in the window of a small house at the bottom of the road was a vase of syringa.

    Just William Richmal Crompton
  • The warm air was heavy with the scents of lilac, honeysuckle, and syringa.

  • I only want to pick some of that syringa behind you, it is so sweet.

    Rossmoyne Unknown
  • There, under a syringa tree in the garden, stood the wheelbarrow.

  • From the Gray Man's misty robes came the fragrance of syringa.


    Leona Dalrymple
British Dictionary definitions for syringa


another name for mock orange, lilac (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Greek surinx tube, alluding to the use of its hollow stems for pipes
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