from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several vines or shrubs of the genus Jasminum, native chiefly to Asia and having usually compound leaves and white or yellow flowers. Some of the fragrant species are used in making perfume.
  • noun The perfume obtained from these plants.
  • noun Any of several plants or shrubs having fragrant flowers.
  • noun A light to brilliant yellow.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The red morning-glory, Quamoclit coccinea.
  • noun In the West Indies, Faramea odoratissima, a shrub or small tree of the madder family, one of the plants called wild coffee; species of the genus Ixora (which see).
  • noun A plant of the genus Jasminum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A shrubby plant of the genus Jasminum, bearing flowers of a peculiarly fragrant odor. The Jasminum officinale, common in the south of Europe, bears white flowers. The Arabian jasmine is Jasminum Sambac, and, with Jasminum angustifolia, comes from the East Indies. The yellow false jasmine in the Gelseminum sempervirens (see gelsemium). Several other plants are called jasmine in the West Indies, as species of Calotropis and Faramea.
  • noun the Gardenia florida, a shrub with fragrant white flowers, a native of China, and hardy in the Southern United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several plants, of the genus Jasminum, mostly native to Asia, having fragrant white or yellow flowers.
  • noun The perfume obtained from these plants.
  • noun Any of several unrelated plants having a similar perfume.
  • noun A yellow colour.

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

  • noun any of several shrubs and vines of the genus Jasminum chiefly native to Asia


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

[French jasmin, from Old French jassemin, from Arabic yasmīn, from Persian yasmīn, yāsman, from Middle Persian yāsman.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French jasmin, from Arabic يسمين (yasmīn), from Persian یاسمین (yâsamin), from Middle Persian 𐭩𐭠𐭮𐭬𐭭 (yāsmin).


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