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  • n. Any of the genus Calycanthus of sweetshrubs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sweet shrub or Carolina allspice of the United States, an aromatic shrubby genus of four species, with lurid purple flowers which have the odor of strawberries.

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

  • n. a magnoliid dicot genus of the family Calycanthaceae including: allspice


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From the genus name.


  • "There is a thin place in the hedge behind the calycanthus bush, and she is walking to and fro studying something."

    Mr. Pat's Little Girl A Story of the Arden Foresters

  • And calycanthus buds, see how you've got to hold 'em in your hands and warm 'em before they'll give out their sweetness, jest like children that you've got to love and pet, before they'll let you git acquainted with 'em.

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky

  • But when I go back to Aunt Jane's garden, I pass through the front yard and the back yard between rows of lilac, syringas, calycanthus, and honeysuckle; I open the rickety gate, and find myself in a genuine old-fashioned garden, the homely, inclusive spot that welcomed all growing things to its hospitable bounds, type of the days when there were no impassable barriers of gold and caste between man and his brother man.

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky

  • It will be cherished with all possible attention, and in return proffer her calycanthus, pecan, silk trees, Canada martagnon, or anything else we have.

    The Bloom of Monticello

  • It had rather a grim exterior, we thought, an impression intensified by our being bidden, before entering, to lay aside any flowers or sweet calycanthus shrubs we might happen to be carrying.

    Harrison, Mrs. Burton, 1843-1920. Recollections Grave and Gay

  • It was an attractive house, with wonderful box hedges and calycanthus bushes of unusual size.

    Harrison, Mrs. Burton, 1843-1920. Recollections Grave and Gay

  • Mr. Froggatt's little conservatory with him, and had received into their charge a basket of camellias, violets, and calycanthus, with a pot of jonquils in the middle for Geraldine, the old gentleman said, as he bade them good-bye, 'Tell your sister, that if she thinks a day or two of laying by would be good for your brother, I should be ready and glad to change places with him.

    The Pillars of the House, V1

  • BELOW RIGHT: The Hartledge Wine species of calycanthus provides a striking splash of color to any yard. Stories

  • She carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas, white daisies, blue calycanthus and goldenrod. stories

  • Syringa and calycanthus ( 'sweet-shrub' -- faintly ill-scented!) were in blossom, and the brilliant pink godetia -- a name which may suggest nothing to the Eastern reader, but which to an old Californian like myself stands for all that is brightest and showiest in parched wayside gardens -- never made a more effective display; and all in all, though I had walked over the longer part of the same road within twenty-four hours, the day was a pure delight.

    On Foot in the Yosemite


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