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
Recent Examples of gardenia from the Web
Pruning time for azaleas and camellias is over; continue to prune gardenias and bougainvillea.
Princess Diana opted for a waterfall bouquet featuring gardenias, stephanotis, orchids, lily of the valley, roses, freesia, veronica and spider lilies in 1981.
Most of the plants – gardenia, camellia, citrus, feijoa, rosemary, mondo grass and herbs – are all doing very well.
Each stop could be in different growing conditions that may affect a gardenia.
Q: My gardenia has produced lots of blooms that are turning brown.
By 7, friends were at her door, with gifts of homemade lemon curd and cold wine and a handful of gardenias.
Kronman has a vivid memory of sitting with her in their garden, which was fragrant with jasmine and gardenia.
This fresh take on the original coffee-and-vanilla concoction now includes notes of gardenia and orange blossom, for a fantastically floral upgrade.
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Origin and Etymology of gardenia
New Latin, from Alexander Garden †1791 Scottish naturalist
First Known Use: 1756See Words from the same year
GARDENIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gardenia for English Language Learners
: a large white or yellowish flower that has a pleasant smell
GARDENIA Defined for Kids
Definition of gardenia for Students
: a large white or yellowish flower with a fragrant smell
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