noun \fər-ˈsi-thē-ə, chiefly British -ˈsī-\

: a type of bush that produces bright yellow flowers in the early spring

plural for·syth·ias also for·syth·ia

Full Definition of FORSYTHIA

:  any of a genus (Forsythia) of ornamental shrubs of the olive family with opposite leaves and yellow bell-shaped flowers appearing before the leaves in early spring

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New Latin, from William Forsyth †1804 British botanist
First Known Use: circa 1814


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the seven species of ornamental shrubs that make up the genus Forsythia, in the olive family, native to eastern Europe and East Asia. In some species the yellow flowers borne along the stems appear before the leaves in early spring. The narrow leaves occasionally have three parts; the star-shaped flowers have four. Common forsythia (F. intermedia) has arching stems to about 20 ft (6 m) and bright yellow flowers.


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