[ luh-bur-nuhm ]

  1. any of several small trees belonging to the genus Laburnum, of the legume family, having elongated clusters of pendulous yellow flowers, especially L. alpinum, the Scotch laburnum.

Origin of laburnum

1570–80; <New Latin, Latin
  • Also called golden chain.

Words Nearby laburnum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use laburnum in a sentence

  • In one corner stood a laburnum-tree, covered with yellow blossoms; under a tall elm near by was a rustic seat.

    Three Margarets | Laura E. Richards
  • As blinds against the sun they have lattices of trees down every street—white-blossoming laburnum, poplars, sycamores.

  • Purple and crimson rhododendrons rose arrogantly, like rampant heraldic animals against their burning background of laburnum gold.

    The Ball and The Cross | G.K. Chesterton
  • A thrush had begun to stir in the laburnum tree, and piped his fine mellow notes; and a blackbird answered from the elm opposite.

    A Pair of Schoolgirls | Angela Brazil
  • What charmed him most in his new residence was the garden "full of lilacs, laburnum, nightingales, and swallows."

    The Kensington District | Geraldine Edith Mitton

British Dictionary definitions for laburnum


/ (ləˈbɜːnəm) /

  1. any leguminous tree or shrub of the Eurasian genus Laburnum, having clusters of yellow drooping flowers: all parts of the plant are poisonous

Origin of laburnum

C16: New Latin, from Latin

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