ylang-ylang

noun
\ ˌē-ˌläŋ-ˈē-ˌläŋ How to pronounce ylang-ylang (audio) \
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Definition of ylang-ylang

1 : a tree (Cananga odorata) of the custard-apple family that is native to the Malay Archipelago, the Philippines, and adjacent areas and has very fragrant greenish-yellow flowers
2 : a perfume distilled from the flowers of the ylang-ylang tree

First Known Use of ylang-ylang

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ylang-ylang

Tagalog

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The first known use of ylang-ylang was in 1870

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“Ylang-ylang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ylang-ylang. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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