[luh-bur-nuh m]


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for laburnums

Historical Examples of laburnums

  • The larkspurs and laburnums in the garden had no language that she could understand.

    Heroines of Service

    Mary Rosetta Parkman

  • The laburnums glistened, rustling to and fro in the breeze; a ripple ran over everything.

    Virgin Soil

    Ivan S. Turgenev

  • When she neared the laburnums behind which she often sat or walked, her ear caught the sound of voices.


    George Gissing

  • Being of extremely inquiring minds, we picked the larkspurs and laburnums to pieces, but became nothing the wiser for the process.

    Julia Ward Howe

    Laura E. Richards

  • The laburnums blossom freely at the island, and in the shrubberies on the shore; they are blighted everywhere else.

British Dictionary definitions for laburnums



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

Word Origin for laburnum

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



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

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