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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There is a broken board in the fence which the syringa partly hides.

  • You could not see a leaf on the syringa bushes for the white clusters.

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • They removed to syringa Villas after that, and did the washing at home.

    More about Pixie Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • William decided to bring her syringa, handfuls of syringa, armfuls of syringa.

    Just William Richmal Crompton
  • All around, within the garden fence, there was a hedge of syringa bushes, which hindered us from being seen from without.

  • 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 common Lilac (syringa vulgaris) has its flowers disposed in a kind of panicled raceme called a thyrsus.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • The warm air was heavy with the scents of lilac, honeysuckle, and syringa.

  • This last variety has pink flowers and is a very choice variety of syringa vulgaria.

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

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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