[ suh-ring-guh ]

  1. any shrub or tree of the genus Syringa, including the lilacs.

Origin of syringa

1655–65; <New Latin <Greek sȳring- (stem of sŷrinxsyrinx) + New Latin -a-a2; name first given to mock orange, the stems of which were used in pipe-making

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How to use syringa in a sentence

  • I could not do without a syringa, for the sake of Cowper's line.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters | William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
  • A syringa was planted in front, and a broom-tree on the right united it with the willow; in the middle there was a deal table.

    Camilla | Fanny Burney
  • He hastened beyond a thicket of syringa; then, leaning against a tree, he opened the paper again.

    Friendship and Folly | Maria Louise Pool
  • On the dinner-table with blue and white china, and in June combined with syringa, they make a beautiful and unusual decoration.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden | Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • For an instant the syringa blossoms loaded the air with fragrance as a dream of summer floated by.

British Dictionary definitions for syringa


/ (sɪˈrɪŋɡə) /

  1. another name for mock orange, lilac (def. 1)

Origin of syringa

C17: from New Latin, from Greek surinx tube, alluding to the use of its hollow stems for pipes

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