One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen winter-flowering viburnum with dense glossy green leaves and white or pink flowers, native to the Mediterranean area and cultivated elsewhere.
- ‘Throughout the winter, we get blooms from the sturdy evergreen shrub known commonly as laurustinus.’
- ‘Each had its gay little garden, its shrubbery of lilac, holly, or laurustinus, and its creeper-covered porch.’
- ‘Non-native plants, such as Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) will also contribute to the increasing number of late winter pit stops for insects.’
Early 17th century: modern Latin, from Latin laurus ‘laurel’ + tinus ‘wild laurel’.
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