gar·de·nia | \gär-ˈdē-nyə \

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

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The smell of sweet temptation 🍒 KIMOJI CHERRY includes notes of juicy red cherry, luscious raspberry, sweet strawberry, cherry blossom, gardenia petals, vanilla, woods and musk. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Dropping Three New Perfumes Inspired By Her Kimojis," 9 July 2018 Pruning time for azaleas and camellias is over; continue to prune gardenias and bougainvillea. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 No food colorings are used: Thai iced tea turns the grains burnt orange, gardenia fruit yields yellow, and butterfly pea flower is boiled until its petals stream blue. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Thai Dishes That Pave a Chef’s Path Home in Elmhurst, Queens," 10 May 2018 Question: Our three-year-old gardenia has grown very little and is not flowering. Tom Maccubbin,, "Poor root system hinders plant growth," 19 May 2018 With notes of lavender, gardenia, and violet, Arqusite’s Boutonnière no. Adam Hurly, GQ, "7 Beauty Products You Should Definitely Steal from Your Lady Friend's Cabinet," 31 May 2018 Despite its effect on tender tropicals, this week’s almost record cold has not been enough to damage hardier plants, such as azaleas and gardenias., "Don't prune freeze-damaged plants just yet: 5 tips for recovering your garden," 6 Jan. 2018 Sweet Box shrubs, star jasmine and frost-proof gardenia perfume the air. Janet Eastman,, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 Seeds of Life offers flowering trees such as these gardenias, which are known for having a heavenly scent. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, "20 Best Mother's Day Flower Delivery Options," 1 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gardenia

: a large white or yellowish flower that has a pleasant smell


gar·de·nia | \gär-ˈdē-nyə \

Kids Definition of gardenia

: a large white or yellowish flower with a fragrant smell

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