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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Recent Examples on the Web Some shrubs, such as lilac and forsythia, have tough scales on their buds that do a good job of protecting against freezing temperatures and drying winds. Beth Botts,, "Your plants might be hardy enough to survive a Chicago winter, but their blooms are a different story," 8 Nov. 2020 Some of the leaves on the forsythia look fine, others not so much. oregonlive, "For help identifying flowery shoots popping up in the yard, ask an expert," 20 June 2020 Lois Dodd has expanded the Maine palette to include the florescent yellow of a spring forsythia bough and the robin’s egg blue of an October sky. Greta Rybus, National Geographic, "Why are so many artists drawn to Maine?," 18 Aug. 2020 But the forsythia is beginning to bloom, and house wrens are singing. Susan Krawitz, Longreads, "Finding Signs of Hope in Surprise Sugar Maples," 10 Aug. 2020 The forsythia and cherry are near each other, and the peony is on the other side of the yard. oregonlive, "For help identifying flowery shoots popping up in the yard, ask an expert," 20 June 2020 One is a forsythia, another is a weeping cherry and the third is a peony. oregonlive, "For help identifying flowery shoots popping up in the yard, ask an expert," 20 June 2020 When the forsythia buds start to swell in spring is a great indicator of when to plant your pea seeds. Marianne Willburn, Better Homes & Gardens, "Keeping a Garden Journal Is the Easiest Way to Become a Better Gardener," 20 May 2020 The magnolias and forsythia planted there have taken advantage of the mild weather and are now sprouting buds. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, "A Boston Hospital Nears Its Limits," 2 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of forsythia was circa 1814

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“Forsythia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forsythia

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


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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