- any of numerous shrubs or trees belonging to the genus Viburnum, of the honeysuckle family, certain species of which, as the cranberry bush, V. opulus, or snowball, are cultivated for ornament.
- the dried bark of various species of Viburnum, used in medicine.
Origin of viburnum
Examples from the Web for viburnum
Historical Examples of viburnum
We also stewed our tree-cranberries (Viburnum opulus), sweetening them with sugar.The Maine Woods
Henry David Thoreau
Viburnum has been called a uterine sedative, whatever that may be.
Viburnum plicatum, Japan Snowball, one of the finest shrubs.A Woman's Hardy Garden
Helena Rutherfurd Ely
When neither of these can be had the inner bark of the arrow wood (Viburnum) or mansa-hi is substituted for them.Omaha sociology (1884 N 03 / 1881-1882 (pages 205-370))
James Owen Dorsey
The Water-elder (Viburnum opulus) now makes a brave show in the edge of the copse.Wood and Garden
- any of various temperate and subtropical caprifoliaceous shrubs or trees of the genus Viburnum, such as the wayfaring tree, having small white flowers and berry-like red or black fruits
- the dried bark of several species of this tree, sometimes used in medicine
Word Origin for viburnum
Word Origin and History for viburnum
genus of shrubs, the arrowwood, 1731, from Latin viburnum, which is said to be probably an Etruscan loan-word.