American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The mock orange.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Philadelphus; the mock-orange. The common species are vigorous, graceful shrubs of a bushy habit, with abundant large white, mostly clustered, flowers. The original plant was P. coronarius, a native of southern Europe, in varieties extending thence to Japan. It is universal in gardens, but is too powerfully odorous for many persons. The finest species is perhaps P. grandiflorus, of the southeastern United States, having pure-white flowers two inches broad. Other good species are P. inodorus and P. hirsutus of the same region, and P. Gordonianus of California. See cut under
Philadelphus. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of gamopetalous plants, of the order Oleaceæ, type of the tribe Syringeæ; the lilacs. It is characterized by a corolla with usually cylindrical tube and four broad induplicate or valvate lobes, and by two ovules in each of the two cells of the ovary, ripening into obliquely winged seeds with fleshy albumen. The 6 species are natives of eastern Europe and temperate parts of Asia, and include the cultivated lilacs. They are smooth or hairy shrubs, bearing opposite and usually entire leaves, and handsome flowers in terminal and often thyrsoid panicles, followed by oblong coriaceous two valved capsules. (See lilac.) The leaves and fruit of S. vulgaris have been used as a tonic and antiperiodic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A genus of plants; the lilac.
- n. The mock orange; -- popularly so called because its stems were formerly used as pipestems.
- 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
- From Ancient Greek σῦριγξ ("pan pipes"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“_ (DD) (The name syringa is commonly misapplied to the species of _Philadelphus.”
“A syringa was planted in front, and a broom-tree on the right united it with the willow; in the middle there was a deal table.”
“My favorite thing was all of the syringa flowers, like etched on the carpet how do they even do that? and in the glass windows...very pretty.”
“These are Jacaranda mimosifolia, Lantana camara, syringa (Melia azedarach), and white mulberry (Morus alba).”
“Ether de Lilas Blanc sur Feuillage Tendre, built around a note of white lilac syringa vulgaris alba, and also featuring the notes of passion-flower, orange blossom, bark, mandarin, lilac, leaves, iris and musk, is perhaps my favorite of the three.”
“Their activities upset the natural status quo, and we awoke one morning to find a pair of adult boomslangs Afrikaans for tree snake—“boo-um-slung”, the female brown, the male pea green, looped in a bow at the top of the syringa tree in the driveway.”
“There was a deafening bang, and a large section of the syringa tree detached itself and plummeted to the ground.”
“Wistaria chinensis, and brightened by azalea and syringa clusters.”
“On this particular afternoon, Mme. de Guermantes had given me, knowing that I was fond of them, some branches of syringa which had been sent to her from the South.”
“The spray of syringa made me profoundly sad, as did also the discovery that Albertine could have thought or called me cruel and hostile; most of all perhaps, certain lies so unexpected that I had difficulty in grasping them.”
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