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forsythia

[ fawr-sith-ee-uh, -sahy-thee-uh, fer- ]

noun

  1. a shrub belonging to the genus Forsythia, of the olive family, native to China and southeastern Europe, species of which are cultivated for their showy yellow flowers, which blossom on the bare branches in early spring.


forsythia

/ fɔːˈsaɪθɪə /

noun

  1. any oleaceous shrub of the genus Forsythia , native to China, Japan, and SE Europe but widely cultivated for its showy yellow bell-shaped flowers, which appear in spring before the foliage


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Word History and Origins

Origin of forsythia1

< New Latin, after William Forsyth (1737–1804), English horticulturist; -ia
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Word History and Origins

Origin of forsythia1

C19: New Latin, named after William Forsyth (1737–1804), English botanist
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Example Sentences

First came the forsythia, in welcome yellow delicacy all over the city, and here and there about the grounds.

Forsythia blooms in April with masses of yellow flowers; moderate, quick growth; seldom over six feet high.

Cherry, Apple, Forsythia, and other blossoming trees and shrubs can be thus forced to bloom.

The weigela, forsythia, and spiræa are also excellent shrubs.

Yellow bells from the wands of circling forsythia bushes drop into a deep hollow lined with velvet grass.

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