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.
- Also called golden chain.
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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.From Capetown to Ladysmith | G. W. Steevens
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
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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