gardenia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gardenia any of various shrubs and small trees of the genus Gardenia having large fragrant white or yellow flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gardenia (Bot) A genus of plants, some species of which produce beautiful and fragrant flowers; Cape jasmine; -- so called in honor of Dr. Alexander Garden.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gardenia A genus of rubiaceous (often spiny) trees and shrubs, natives of the Cape of Good Hope and of tropical Asia and Africa. They have large, handsome white or yellowish flowers, which are often deliciously fragrant. There are about 60 species, of which several are frequent in cultivation, especially the Cape jasmine, G. florida, a native of China, and G. radicans. The fruits are largely used in eastern Asia for dyeing yellow. The greenish-yellow resin of G. lucida, known as dikamali, has a peculiar offensive odor, and is used in India as a remedy for dyspepsia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gardenia gär-dē′ni-a a genus of Cinchonaceæ, tropical and subtropical trees and shrubs, with beautiful and fragrant flowers.
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Quotations

  • Billie Holiday
    Billie Holiday
    “You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Named from the American botanist, Dr Alex. Garden (died 1791).

Usage

In literature:

He was wearing a morning coat, faultlessly pressed, and in its buttonhole bloomed a gardenia.
"Tutors' Lane" by Wilmarth Lewis
Gardenias and the peerage were his only weaknesses.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
Crimson Gardenia, The, and Other Tales of Adventure.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
Have some gardenias and lilies for the drawing-room, and let me see them.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
Crimson Gardenia, The, and Other Tales of Adventure.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Crimson Gardenia, The, and Other Tales of Adventure.
"The Plunderer" by Roy Norton
He wore a gardenia in his lapel.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
The face of Millie Stope floated about him like a magical gardenia in the night of the matted trees.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Crimson Gardenia, The, and Other Tales of Adventure.
"The Blind Man's Eyes" by William MacHarg
They sat down near a bank of gardenias, and Amaldi fanned her with her fan of white peacock feathers.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
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In news:

A Roseville " Gardenia " art pottery vase, 12 inches high, from about 1950.
Direct Line Noses West Hope in Gardenia 'Cap.
Direct Line wins the Gardenia Handicap at Ellis Park.
I split it into three gardenias , since the plant easily divided at the roots as I dug it up.
This is, at least, my fourth try at growing gardenias .
It is mid-winter, and these gardenia bushes still have gardenias .
5 tips for growing gardenias.
I don't know whether I'm brain slow or just gardener persistent, but I have once-again purchased a gardenia.
This is, at least, my fourth try at growing gardenias.
If you want a beautiful spring yard that's a masterpiece, there are important steps to take now to ensure everything from grass to gardenias bloom.
Mariposa (Spanish for 'butterfly') is the first agave liqueur made from agave nectar, tequila, and vodka then enhanced with rose oil and gardenia.
The mixable liqueur is created from agave nectar combined with tequila and vodka, enhanced with hints of rose oil and gardenia.
Score one for the residents of Gardenia Gardens.
A mix of gardenia and vanilla with undertones of rose, the scent is neither subtle nor faint.
For over 15 years, Janice Bayer, director at the real estate brokerage Brown Harris Stevens, was addicted to the French fries at Gardenia Restaurant, an upscale diner on Madison Avenue near 67th Street that closed at the end of the summer.
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