vi·​bur·​num | \ vī-ˈbər-nəm How to pronounce viburnum (audio) \

Definition of viburnum

: any of a genus (Viburnum) of widely distributed shrubs or small trees of the honeysuckle family with simple leaves and white or sometimes pink cymose flowers

Examples of viburnum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plant in question is a viburnum — Viburnum opulus. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2021 Among the plants subjected to the most damage were xylosma, oleander, boxwood, Japanese plum (loquat), dwarf pittosporum and viburnum. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Apr. 2021 Other good view barriers for privacy might include the edible olive, pineapple guava, Simpson stopper, Walter’s viburnum, podocarpus and clumping bamboo. Tom Maccubbin,, 24 Apr. 2021 This year the list is longer and includes more cold-hardy plants such as oleander, rosemary, blue plumbago, viburnum, lantana, roses, shrimp plant, roses and Turks cap. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Mar. 2021 Mexican olive, Mexican honeysuckle, roses and viburnum have frozen foliage. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Mar. 2021 These plants, such as gardenia, azalea, Southern magnolia, cherry laurel, Indian hawthorn, camellia, hollies, ligustrum, sweet olive, banana shrub, cleyera, viburnum and others do not lose all of their leaves during winter and are green year-round. Dan Gill,, 27 Jan. 2021 Mexican sycamore, Texas ash, Persian ironwood, loquat leaf oak, desert willow, ginkgo, trident maple, Mexican plum and Walter’s viburnum. Dallas News, 12 Oct. 2020 Our sweet viburnum hedge is more than eight feet tall and too large. Tom Maccubbin,, 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of viburnum

circa 1731, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viburnum

New Latin, from Latin, a viburnum

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The first known use of viburnum was circa 1731

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“Viburnum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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vi·​bur·​num | \ vī-ˈbər-nəm How to pronounce viburnum (audio) \

Medical Definition of viburnum

1 capitalized : a large genus of widely distributed shrubs or trees of the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae) including several species whose dried bark has been used in folk medicine
2 : any plant of the genus Viburnum

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