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[luh-bur-nuh m]
  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.
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Origin of laburnum

1570–80; < New Latin, Latin
Also called golden chain.
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Historical Examples of laburnum

  • She opened her lips but once upon the question of laburnum or no laburnum flowers.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • We must pick great boughs of laburnum and beech for all the big vases.

    Daisy's Aunt

    E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson

  • There was a short delay while Laburnum Villa was being inquired for by the footman.

  • It was when the lilac and the laburnum were in full bloom and the air was sweet with scent.

  • Coleridge talked of his plan of sowing the laburnum in the woods.

British Dictionary definitions for laburnum


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

C16: New Latin, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for laburnum


1570s, from Latin laburnum (Pliny), of unknown origin; perhaps from Etruscan.

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