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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several shrubs of the genus Forsythia, native to Asia and widely cultivated for their early-blooming yellow flowers.

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  • n. Any of several shrubs, of the genus Forsythia, native to Asia and Eastern Europe, that are cultivated for their yellow flowers, which bloom in early spring.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, genus name, after William Forsyth (1737-1804), Scottish horticulturist.

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Modern Latin, named in honor of Scottish horticulturist William Forsyth, who brought the shrub over from China. Forsyth's own name is from Gaelic Fearsithe, meaning "man of peace."

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