mock orange

noun

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 Not every species of mock orange has the same strong fragrance, though, so be sure to do a little research before heading to the garden center. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2022 Take, for example, the fact that there were no thrips covering mock orange, Philadelphus coronarius, this year. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 There are several cultivars of mock orange there days. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 An enchanting archway of boxwood and mock orange shrubs leads to the sunroom entry and tiled foyer. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2022 Consider varieties that supply food and shelter to birds, such as sumac, elderberry, flowering currant and mock orange. oregonlive, 1 Nov. 2021 Inside is a thicket of fragrant mock orange lighted with fireflies and ancient Moroccan lanterns. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 9 Apr. 2021 The Monochrome features aromas and flavors of mock orange flowers, saline and lemon curd on toast, all delivered by a high acid laser beam. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 22 Dec. 2020 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, SFChronicle.com, 14 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of mock orange

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Sep 2022

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“Mock orange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mock%20orange. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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