a : any of numerous often climbing shrubs (genus Jasminum) of the olive family that usually have extremely fragrant flowers; especially : a tall-climbing semievergreen Asian shrub (J. officinale) with fragrant white flowers from which oil is extracted for use in perfumes
b : any of numerous plants having sweet-scented flowers; especially : yellow jessamine
Origin of JASMINE
Middle French jasmin,
from Arabic yāsamīn,
First Known Use: 1562
jasmine noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Any of about 225–450 tropical and subtropical species of fragrant, flowering, woody, climbing shrubs that make up the genus Jasminum of the olive family, native to all continents except North America. The jasmine used in perfumery and aromatherapy comes from the fragrant white flowers of common, or poet's, jasmine (J. officinale), native to Iran. The dried flowers of Arabian jasmine (J. sambac) make jasmine tea. Many fragrant-flowered plants from other families are also commonly called jasmine.
Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)—Valerie Finnis
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