- 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.
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Examples from the Web for laburnum
She opened her lips but once upon the question of laburnum or no laburnum flowers.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
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.The School Queens
L. T. Meade
It was when the lilac and the laburnum were in full bloom and the air was sweet with scent.By the Barrow River
Coleridge talked of his plan of sowing the laburnum in the woods.Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. I (of 2)
- any leguminous tree or shrub of the Eurasian genus Laburnum, having clusters of yellow drooping flowers: all parts of the plant are poisonous
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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