Definition of genista in English:



  • An almost leafless Eurasian shrub of the pea family, which bears a profusion of yellow flowers.

    • ‘Although there are other genistas suitable for the rock garden, the species vary in hardiness and habit.’
    • ‘The area is turfed with crescent shaped borders planted with deep blue cineraria, white echiums and yellow genistas and other various bedding plants.’
    • ‘A variety of flowers and plants including genistas, acacias, jonquils, tulips, and palms were placed at the base of the eight towering columns.’
    • ‘Here we can gaze upon the green from the pine-wood and fields, the grey from the granite and schist, the live colours from the genistas, the heathers, the shrubs and the oleanders.’
    • ‘You will notice the green fields and woods, the gray of the granite, the bright colours of the heathers, genistas, oleanders or brooms and ancient small and picturesque villages.’


Modern Latin, from Latin, ‘broom plant’.