Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various shrubs and trees of the Old World tropics that belong to the genus Gardenia, especially G. jasminoides native to China, having glossy evergreen leaves and large, fragrant, usually white flowers.
  • n. The flower of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various tropical evergreen small trees or shrubs, of the genus Gardenia, having glossy leaves and white flowers.
  • n. The flower of these plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of plants, some species of which produce beautiful and fragrant flowers; Cape jasmine; -- so called in honor of Dr. Alexander Garden.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of rubiaceous (often spiny) trees and shrubs, natives of the Cape of Good Hope and of tropical Asia and Africa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various shrubs and small trees of the genus Gardenia having large fragrant white or yellow flowers

Etymologies

New Latin Gardenia, genus name, after Alexander Garden.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We identified it on the Australian Caterpillar Website has images of the entire metamorphosis and identifies it as the Gardenia Hawk Moth because the caterpillar feeds on gardenia.

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  • In Bloom By Reese Witherspoon — described as a gardenia, magnolia and jasmine scent and priced at $34 a bottle — will debut in November.

    Reese Witherspoon: Avon Press Conference

  • "Dr. Cotton it was who told me, the one who used to live in Tradd Street, he was a relative of Dr. Garden the man that gave his name to that flower they call the gardenia -- had it sent him from somewhere in the South, but

    The Ghost Girl

  • Tiare is a particularly fragrant species of gardenia, which is used for making the traditional Monoi de Tahiti my macerating the flowers into coconut oil.

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  • A-- a flower that we now know as the gardenia was named in his honor.

    America In So Many Words

  • Rags had at the same time purchased some gardenias for Miss Rolls, she having mentioned that the gardenia was her favourite flower.

    Winnie Childs The Shop Girl

  • Pence won after the ninth round, earlier spelling correctly the words "gardenia," "samaritan,"

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  • Tuberose, "gardenia" and jasmine blend together in a blur of white flowers; neither note stands out forcefully (jasmine is most discernible, with a hint of candied 'banana' and citrus).

    Now Smell This

  • It doesn't really smell like anything in particular to me other than "celebrity fruity floral blend", but if forced, I'd say perhaps the "gardenia" stands out the most.

    Now Smell This

  • I bought the Floral kit since I love anything with white flowers -- tuberose, gardenia and jasmine.

    Mary Orlin: A Scentsible Valentine's Day

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