from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The mock orange.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Syringa, such as the lilacs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of plants; the lilac.
- n. The mock orange; -- popularly so called because its stems were formerly used as pipestems.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Philadelphus; the mock-orange.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. genus of Old World shrubs or low trees having fragrant flowers in showy panicles: lilacs
- n. large hardy shrub with showy and strongly fragrant creamy-white flowers in short terminal racemes
New Latin, from Greek surinx, suring-, shepherd's pipe (from the use of its hollow stems to make pipes).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek σῦριγξ ("pan pipes"). (Wiktionary)