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.
Also called golden chain.

1570–80; < Neo-Latin, Latin Unabridged
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laburnum (ləˈbɜːnəm)
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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any member of the genus (Laburnum) of trees and shrubs having butterfly-like flowers, and belonging to the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family (Fabaceae). The leaves are composed of three leaflets, and the flowers are disposed in hanging clusters (see ). The pods are slender and compressed. Laburnum anagyroides, often called golden chain, is native to southern Europe and is cultivated as an ornamental. The leaves have elongate stalks, and the bright yellow flowers hang in pendulous racemes up to a foot in length

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