for·​syth·​ia | \ fər-ˈsi-thē-ə How to pronounce forsythia (audio) , chiefly British -ˈsī- \
plural forsythias also forsythia

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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Examples of forsythia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bad news is that a spring-flowering shrub, such as viburnum, forsythia, or deutzia, likely won’t bloom after being sheared by rabbits. Beth Botts,, 10 Apr. 2022 After all the mild temperatures this past week, spring flowers such as crocuses have been induced into blossom and other spring flowers and shrubs like the forsythia are getting much closer to bloom as well., 20 Mar. 2022 Outside, the city was in early bloom, the forsythia bushes glowing an electric yellow of promise. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Prune lilacs, forsythia, rhododendrons and azaleas after bloom. Fertilize vegetable garden one month after plants emerge by applying a side dressing alongside rows. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 This transformation is even greater for the forsythia. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2021 In the book Anderson describes a nearly impassable half-mile driveway overgrown with rhododendron and forsythia. Clint Clemens, Town & Country, 30 Apr. 2021 What to do this week Cut naked stems of April-blooming shrubs such as forsythia, fothergilla, magnolia, Amelanchier, PJM rhododendron, cherry, pear, and flowering quince on a warm day., 28 Mar. 2021 Prune spring-blooming shrubs such as forsythia, viburnum, lilac and quince. Beth Botts,, 21 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of forsythia

circa 1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forsythia

New Latin, from William Forsyth †1804 British botanist

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“Forsythia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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for·​syth·​ia | \ fər-ˈsi-thē-ə How to pronounce forsythia (audio) \

Kids Definition of forsythia

: a bush often grown for its bright yellow flowers that appear in early spring

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