[fawr-sith-ee-uh, -sahy-thee-uh, fer-]
a shrub belonging to the genus Forsythia, of the olive family, native to China and southeastern Europe, species of which are cultivated for their showy yellow flowers, which blossom on the bare branches in early spring.

< Neo-Latin, after William Forsyth (1737–1804), English horticulturist; see -ia Unabridged
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forsythia (fɔːˈsaɪθɪə)
any oleaceous shrub of the genus Forsythia, native to China, Japan, and SE Europe but widely cultivated for its showy yellow bell-shaped flowers, which appear in spring before the foliage
[C19: New Latin, named after William Forsyth (1737--1804), English botanist]

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Word Origin & History

1814, coined 1805 in Mod.L. in honor of William Forsyth (1737-1804), Scottish horticulturalist who brought the shrub from China.
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Example sentences
The forsythia and honeysuckle in the wooden boxes at either end are showing signs of spring.
Take the forsythia, a shrub that greeted us last spring with a burst of bright yellow flowers.
The willows are turning green, the forsythia yellow.
Forsythia bushes are beginning to show promising, yellow signs of life throughout the neighborhood.
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