ylang-ylang

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ylang–ylang

noun \ˌē-ˌläŋ-ˈē-ˌläŋ\

Definition of YLANG-YLANG

1
:  a tree (Cananga odorata) of the custard-apple family that is native to the Malay Archipelago, the Philippines, and adjacent areas and has very fragrant greenish-yellow flowers
2
:  a perfume distilled from the flowers of the ylang-ylang tree

Variants of YLANG-YLANG

ylang–ylang also ilang–ilang \ˌē-ˌläŋ-ˈē-ˌläŋ\

Origin of YLANG-YLANG

Tagalog
First Known Use: 1870

ylang-ylang

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

South Asian evergreen tree (Cananga odorata) of the custard apple family. The name means “flower of flowers” in the Tagalog language. Tall (77 ft, or 25 m) and slim, it has smooth bark and is covered year-round with drooping, long-stalked, rich-scented flowers that have six narrow, greenish-yellow petals. The pointed oval leaves have wavy edges. Clustered, oval black fruits hang from long stalks. Leis are made from the blooms, and a delicate fragrance is distilled from the flowers. The woody ylang-ylang vine (Artabotrys odoratissimus), in the same family, is popular on trellises and patios in warm, moist climates.

Variants of YLANG-YLANG

ylang-ylang or ilang-ilang

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