la·​bur·​num lə-ˈbər-nəm How to pronounce laburnum (audio)
: any of a small genus (Laburnum, especially L. anagyroides) of poisonous leguminous shrubs and trees of Eurasia with pendulous racemes of bright yellow flowers

Examples of laburnum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But next winter, when temperatures cool again, the second phase of the restoration will include planting flowering trees like the white fringetree and laburnum; bulbs, including tulips; and perennials. Kathleen Beckett, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2020 For instance, Cassia fistula or the Indian laburnum, a native tree that paints many cities yellow at the onset of summer, is pollinated by several species of carpenter bees. Kartik Chandramouli, Quartz India, 2 Mar. 2020

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laburnum was in 1567

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“Laburnum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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