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[luh-bur-nuh m] /ləˈbɜr nəm/
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.
Origin of laburnum
1570-80; < New Latin, Latin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What charmed him most in his new residence was the garden "full of lilacs, laburnum, nightingales, and swallows."

    The Kensington District Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • She opened her lips but once upon the question of laburnum or no laburnum flowers.

  • The laburnum path was all aglow with blossoms, and the grape-walk, just beyond, made a shadowy retreat toward evening.

  • There was a short delay while laburnum Villa was being inquired for by the footman.

    The School Queens L. T. Meade
  • The heart wood of the laburnum is of a dark reddish-brown colour, hard and durable, and takes a good polish.

  • It was when the lilac and the laburnum were in full bloom and the air was sweet with scent.

    By the Barrow River Edmund Leamy
  • She had a spray of laburnum in her hand, and the sunshine seemed to thread her brown hair with gold.

    Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Soon, too, it became apparent that laburnum Road was not the goal.

    The Crime Club William Holt-White
  • When you take your walk tomorrow, I shall be at the turnpike in the laburnum Road, waiting for you, at three o'clock.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
  • The flowers, of similar pea-shape to those of the laburnum, are white and fragrant.

British Dictionary definitions for laburnum


any leguminous tree or shrub of the Eurasian genus Laburnum, having clusters of yellow drooping flowers: all parts of the plant are poisonous
Word Origin
C16: New Latin, from Latin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for laburnum

1570s, from Latin laburnum (Pliny), of unknown origin; perhaps from Etruscan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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