Definitions

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

  • noun A tropical Asian tree (Cananga odorata) having fragrant greenish-yellow flowers that yield an oil used in perfumery.
  • noun An oil or a perfume obtained from the flowers of this tree.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tall tree of the custard-apple family, Cananga odorata, native in Java and the Philippines, cultivated throughout India and the tropics. It bears drooping yellow flowers, 3 inches long, which furnish the ylang-ylang oil of perfumers.

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

  • noun See ihlang-ihlang.

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

  • noun Alternative spelling of ylang ylang.

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

  • noun evergreen Asian tree with aromatic greenish-yellow flowers yielding a volatile oil; widely grown in the tropics as an ornamental

Etymologies

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

[Tagalog ilang-ilang.]

Examples

  • The addition of orange blossom and ylang-ylang yields an altogether hypnotic floral.

    A Rose by Another Name

  • • Openness center: Apply rose oil or ylang-ylang oil to the area around your heart and on the center of your back, right between your “wings.”

    Love For No Reason

  • Put seven to 10 drops of essential oils in the tub, such as chamomile, lavender or ylang-ylang.

    Brigitte Mars: 7 Tips To Sleep, Perchance To Dream

  • Its notes of carnation, ylang-ylang, and violet converge for an earthy spiciness that comes on strong at first.

    Avital Binshtock: Natural Beauty

  • A treasured memory of the blending of ylang-ylang and sandalwood oils with an almond base in massage school, leading into a rancid smell of neglect and regret of expense wasted as that same mixture gathered dust in passing years.

    Almond

  • • Openness center: Apply rose oil or ylang-ylang oil to the area around your heart and on the center of your back, right between your “wings.”

    Love For No Reason

  • According to Aromatherapy for Lovers, the essential oils of jasmine, neroli, and ylang-ylang can further enhance relaxation and arousal for her.

    Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright: Make This V-day a Sensual One

  • They both elevate your mood, but the ylang-ylang also elevates your theoretical earnings.

    Lesley Stern: How To Live On $0 A Day: Shoplifting Hints

  • Look for those that have the scent of ylang-ylang.

    Making Room for Mr. Right

  • Left-wing critics charge, with no apparent sense of irony, that the French mainland wants to exploit Mayotte for its vanilla beans and the aromatic oil of the ylang-ylang tree.

    The Empire Burden

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