Definition of syringa in US English:

syringa

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both syringas are tall deciduous trees which grow up to about 19m in height.’
  • 2informal

    another term for mock orange

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek surinx, suring- ‘tube’ (with reference to the use of its stems as pipe stems).

Pronunciation

syringa

/səˈriNGɡə//səˈrɪŋɡə/