sy·​rin·​ga sə-ˈriŋ-gə How to pronounce syringa (audio)

Examples of syringa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The syringa is Idaho's state flower. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2023 In every yard a dozen landmarks (here a lilac bush, there a sweet syringa) are missing. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021

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Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Greek syring-, syrinx panpipe

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of syringa was in 1664

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Cite this Entry

“Syringa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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sy·​rin·​ga sə-ˈriŋ-gə How to pronounce syringa (audio)
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