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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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. any species of shrubs of the genus Philadelphus, which have whitish and often fragrant blossoms.

from The 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.

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

  • 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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  • Another favorite native plant. They smell so sweet, and the flowers are wonderful. Today (July 11) I smelled them for the first time this year. When Stephen passes a mock orange bush, he says "That's not very nice. Poor orange."

    July 12, 2007