gar·​de·​nia | \ gär-ˈdē-nyə How to pronounce gardenia (audio) \

Definition of gardenia

: any of a large genus (Gardenia) of Old World tropical trees and shrubs of the madder family with showy fragrant white or yellow flowers

Examples of gardenia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Buds on my gardenia are turning brown and the leaves are becoming more yellow than green. Tom Maccubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 11 June 2022 This Smells Like My Pooshy features notes of black gardenia, geranium, green pepper, Timur berry, honeysuckle, ylang-ylang, and oak moss. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 June 2022 There is still time to reduce the size of your gardenia. Tom Maccubbin,, 25 Sep. 2021 My gardenia has finished blooming and has grown a foot or more out of bounds. Tom Maccubbin,, 29 May 2021 Select a grafted gardenia to avoid nematode problems. Tom Maccubbin,, 27 Mar. 2021 Adding to the grandeur, Nieddu accessorized Day using Holiday’s signature gardenia headpieces and jewelry. Eliza Huber,, 26 Feb. 2021 On the nose, pear and candied lemon unite with soft gardenia. Rachel King, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2020 Sheets are dyed with a handful of natural ingredients, like gardenia and pomegranate, and without bleach or harsh chemicals. oregonlive, 14 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of gardenia

1756, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gardenia

New Latin, from Alexander Garden †1791 Scottish naturalist

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17 Jun 2022

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“Gardenia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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gar·​de·​nia | \ gär-ˈdē-nyə How to pronounce gardenia (audio) \

Kids Definition of gardenia

: a large white or yellowish flower with a fragrant smell

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