Osmanthus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Osmanthus widely distributed genus of evergreen shrubs or trees of southern United States and Middle East and China and Japan
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n osmanthus A genus of shrubs and trees of the gamopetalous order Oleaceæ and the tribe Oleineæ, known by the imbricated corolla-lobes, and thick, hard, woody endocarp. There are about 8 species, natives of North America, eastern Asia, and the Pacific. They bear opposite evergreen undivided leaves, and small flowers in axillary clusters, followed by woody or stony roundish drupes. The highly fragrant flowers of O. fragrans, an evergreen shrub of China and Japan, afford a perfumers' oil, and are used by the Chinese to scent tea. O. Americanus, of the southeastern United States, is called devil-wood.
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Usage

In literature:

Osmanthus Aquifolium purpureus, the hardiest of the Osmanthus.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
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In news:

Researchers at National Chi Nan University have reported that Osmanthus fragrans inhibits the action of tyrosinase.
Osmanthus fragrans Found to Inhibit Tyrosinase.
Osmanthus fragrans Found to Inhibit Tyrosinase.
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