mock orange


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

Examples of mock orange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Think of an arrangement as a gin and tonic: The base of the composition (gin) is greenery that’s leafy, strong and sometimes flowering — in the Bay Area, rhododendron, azalea or Philadelphus (mock orange) would naturally fit the bill. Leilani Marie Labong,, "Flowers: Make a joyful arrangement," 14 May 2020 In the next few weeks, visitors can expect to see monkshood, delphiniums, mock orange and comfrey blooming. Anchorage Daily News, "July is a great time to visit the Alaska Botanical Garden," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of mock orange

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mock orange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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