American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of jasmine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as jasmine.
- n. Inheraldry, the tincture white or argent in blazoning by the system of flowers.
- n. Variant of jasmine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Same as jasmine.
- n. a climbing deciduous shrub with fragrant white or yellow or red flowers used in perfume and to flavor tea
“They have also the sweet smell of the rose and the jessamine, which is a little flower, but the sweetest of all others; and there is not any flower to be found that is rare and exquisite in that country which is not in that wilderness, to delight the senses of those mortified hermits.”
“I used to tell you it was the jessamine; the jessamine is a simpleton, I tell you.”
“The babe dressed in the white garment that gave thee the jessamine is a fragrance of the fragrances of God, reared through His love, a sign of His signs and a breeze of His breezes.”
“Moreover in this garden were all manner of other fruits and sweet-scented herbs and plants and fragrant flowers, such as jessamine and henna and water-lilies407 and spikenard 408 and roses of every kind and plantain409 and myrtle and so forth; and indeed it was without compare, seeming as it were a piece of Paradise to whoso beheld it.”
“My heart warms under snow; flowers with forsythia, japonica blooms, flowering quince, bridal wreath, blood root and violet; yellow running jasmine vine, cape jessamine and saucer magnolias: tulip-shaped, scenting lemon musk upon the air.”
“First they were cleaned, the brass scoured with wood-ash until it shone pale gold, the silver made bright, the brushes and dusting-cloths washed, cupboards turned out, everything washed again in running water and dried sun; then prayers were said for the household tools, and marigold flowers and jessamine were put on the shelves.”
“A couple of houses down is a smaller, though simply charming home with blooming Carolina jessamine along the porch.”
“In doing so I held it within a few inches of my eyes, and was conscious of a faint smell of the scent known as white jessamine.”
“The door was locked during the brief absence of the mistress; a dim light glimmered through the sashed door of the hall, which opened beneath a huge stone porch, loaded with jessamine and other creepers.”
“Have you, indeed?' cried he, sprinkling some jessamine drops upon his hands; 'how horribly abominable?”
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