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