mock orange

noun
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

Definition of mock orange

1 : any of a genus (Philadelphus) of ornamental shrubs of which several are widely grown for their showy white flowers and that is either placed in the saxifrage or hydrangea families or in a family (Philadelphaceae) of its own called also philadelphus, syringa
2 : any of several usually shrubby plants considered to resemble the orange

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1731

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