[lawr-uh-stahy-nuh s]


a southern European evergreen shrub, Viburnum tinus, of the honeysuckle family, having large clusters of white or pinkish flowers.

Origin of laurustinus

1655–65; < New Latin, formerly laurus tīnus (Latin laurus laurel + tīnus a plant, perhaps laurustinus) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of laurustinus

  • The dark walls were quite covered with holly and ivy, mixed with the blossoms of laurustinus and some bright flowers.

  • The all-prevailing ivy was filled with berries, and the laurustinus was already in bloom.

    Whip and Spur

    George E. Waring

  • Gladys gave a little shriek of dismay as Daisy thrust her parasol into a laurustinus.

    Daisy's Aunt

    E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson

  • Anemone fulgens is a grand cutting flower, and looks well with its own leaves only or with flowering twigs of Laurustinus.

    Wood and Garden

    Gertrude Jekyll

  • It was separated from the Boulevard de la Madeleine by a green paddock, and was concealed in a nest of laurustinus and clematis.

British Dictionary definitions for laurustinus



a Mediterranean caprifoliaceous shrub, Viburnum tinus, with glossy evergreen leaves and white or pink fragrant flowers

Word Origin for laurustinus

C17: from New Latin, from Latin laurus laurel
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