Definition of forsythia in English:

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forsythia

Pronunciation: /fərˈsiTHēə/
Pronunciation: /fôrˈsiTHēə/

noun

A widely cultivated ornamental Eurasian shrub whose bright yellow flowers appear in early spring before the leaves.
  • Genus Forsythia, family Oleaceae: several species.
Example sentences
  • Scillas bring the sky-blue color down to earth under flowering pear trees and forsythias, as hyacinths underplanted with pansies welcome visitors.
  • Good candidates are aucuba, barberry, forsythia, holly, honey-suckle, hydrangea, spirraea, weigela and even roses.
  • Spring-flowering shrubs include such popular plants as forsythia, deutzia, lilac, viburnum, mock-orange and spirea.

Origin

Modern Latin, named after William Forsyth (1737–1804), Scottish botanist and horticulturalist, said to have introduced the shrub into Britain from China.

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Syllabification: for·syth·i·a

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