Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of dicotyledonous trees of the polypetalous order Rutaceæ and the tribe Aurantieæ, known by its pinnate leaves, linear awl-shaped filaments, and imbricate petals. Four species are known, of tropical Asia and the islands as far as Australia, very small summer-flow ering trees with dotted leaves, small oblong berries, and fragrant white flowers resembling orange-blossoms. M. exotica has been called
Chinese box, and its large variety (sometimes regarded as a species, M. Sumatrana) Sumatra orange. The species is valuable for its perfume, and yields a bitter extract, murrayin. The seeds of M. Kœnigii afford a fixed oil called simbolee-oil. See curry-leaf.
“A clipped murraya hedge, shoulder-high and jungle-thick, shielded the house from traffic, and Emmanuel crouched low and moved quickly along its inner edge.”
“One popular type of decorative plant banned from the United States is murraya, or orange jasmine, which is sometimes used in floral arrangements.”
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