Definition of syringa in English:

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syringa

Pronunciation: /səˈriNGɡə/

noun

1A plant of the genus Syringa (family Oleaceae), especially (in gardening) the lilac.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 informal another term for mock orange.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: sy·rin·ga

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