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1A plant of the genus "Syringa" (family "Oleaceae"), especially (in gardening) the lilac.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
2informalanother term for mock orange
Modern Latin, from Greek surinx, suring- ‘tube’ (with reference to the use of its stems as pipe stems).
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