One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plant of the genus Syringa (family Oleaceae ), especially (in gardening) the lilac.
- ‘The Zoo Lake Users Committee celebrated Arbor Week at the lake on Wednesday, with trees of the year for 2004 - the white and mountain syringa - being planted.’
- ‘Some flowers that were suggested included the dogwood, syringa, gaillardia, Washington holly, wild rose, and marguerite.’
- ‘Both syringas are tall deciduous trees which grow up to about 19m in height.’
- ‘So far, ramorum dieback has been found mostly on rhododendrons and viburnums, although it has also been identified on camellia, kalmia, pieris, syringa and yew.’
2informal A mock orange shrub.
Modern Latin, from Greek surinx, suring- ‘tube’ (with reference to the use of its stems as pipe stems).
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