American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous deciduous shrubs of the genus Philadelphus, having opposite, simple leaves and white, usually fragrant flowers with four petals and numerous stamens.
- n. Any of various similar or related shrubs or trees.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any plant of the genus Philadelphus, but especially P. coronarius. Its fragrance in blossom resembles that of orange-flowers. See syringa.
- n. See wild orange, under orange.
- n. Same as calabazilla.
- n. The Victorian laurel, Pittosporum undulatum, a small tree yielding a hard, close-grained whitish wood. In the Azores it is used for protecting orange-trees from the wind. Called also native laurel. See Pittosporum.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) a genus of American and Asiatic shrubs (Philadelphus), with showy white flowers in panicled cymes. Philadelphus coronarius, from Asia, has fragrant flowers; the American kinds are nearly scentless.
- n. (Bot.) any species of shrubs of the genus Philadelphus, which have whitish and often fragrant blossoms.
- n. small shrubby deciduous yellowwood tree of south central United States having spines, glossy dark green leaves and an inedible fruit that resembles an orange; its hard orange-colored wood used for bows by Native Americans; frequently planted as boundary hedge
- n. small flowering evergreen tree of southern United States
- n. large hardy shrub with showy and strongly fragrant creamy-white flowers in short terminal racemes
- n. shrubby thorny deciduous tree of southeastern United States with white flowers and small black drupaceous fruit
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