American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Laburnum, especially L. anagyroides, which is cultivated for its drooping clusters of yellow flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small leguminous tree, Cytisus Laburnum, a native of the Alps and neighboring mountains, much cultivated for the beauty of its pendulous racemes of yellow peashaped flowers. Its seeds contain two poisonous alkaloids, cytisin and lahurnine. The heart-wood is dark colored, coarse-grained, but hard and durable, and much in demand among cabinet-makers and turners, whence the names ebony of the Alps and false ebony given to it. Also called
- n. One of numerous other species of the same genus, or of some similar plants of other genera. The Scotch laburnum of the gardens, with larger leaves and flowers, is, Cytisus alpinus. The evergreen or Nepāl laburnum is Piptanthus Nepalensis. The New Zealand laburnum is either of the two varieties of Sophora tetraptera.
- n. Any tree of genus Laburnum, which have bright yellow flowers and are poisonous.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A small leguminous tree (Cytisus Laburnum), native of the Alps. The plant is reputed to be poisonous, esp. the bark and seeds. It has handsome racemes of yellow blossoms.
- n. flowering shrubs or trees having bright yellow flowers; all parts of the plant are poisonous
- New Latin Laburnum, genus name, from Latin laburnum, broad-leaved bean-trefoil, perhaps of Etruscan origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Irishman dwelling with Englishmen, was directed to have a bow of his own height made of yew, wych-hazel, ash, or awburne -- that is, laburnum, which is still styled "awburne saugh," or awburne willow, in many parts of Scotland.”
“The windows were open, and the orioles were singing in the great elm-tree, and the laburnum was a bower of gold.”
“Tabex tablets contain cytosine, a substance found in the seeds of a tree called laburnum that produces yellow pea-flowers, which mimics the effect of nicotine.”
“The laburnum is the train, and there are the signal-boxes, and the road up to here — and those fat red daisies are us three waving to the old gentleman — that’s him, the pansy in the laburnum train.””
“The laburnum is the train, and there are the signal-boxes, and the road up to here -- and those fat red daisies are us three waving to the old gentleman -- that's him, the pansy in the laburnum train. ”
“A sheltering stand of laburnum surrounding an abandoned and unappreciated statue of Leda and her swan.”
“Cat pointed toward the shrubbery, the secluded stand of laburnum, Leda and her god hidden away in eternal orgasm.”
“A cock yellowhammer sings insistently from a laburnum tree as I quit the lanes and walk woodland paths where last anemones wilt into emerald moss.”
“And this is the thought he has with him as he passes through the yellow laburnum flowers without ducking, like he usually does.”
“They duck under the flowers of a laburnum tree and Clara knows that her brother wants to say something else.”
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