ylang-ylang

ylang-ylang

[ee-lahng-ee-lahng]
noun
1.
an aromatic tree, Cananga odorata, of the annona family, native to the Philippines, Java, etc., having fragrant, drooping flowers that yield a volatile oil used in perfumery.
2.
the oil or perfume.


Origin:
1875–80; < Tagalog ilang-ilang

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ylang-ylang or ilang-ilang (ˌiːlæŋˈiːlæŋ)
 
n
1.  an aromatic Asian tree, Cananga odorata (or Canangium odoratum), with fragrant greenish-yellow flowers yielding a volatile oil: family Annonaceae
2.  the oil obtained from this tree, used in perfumery
 
[C19: from Tagalog ilang-ilang]
 
ilang-ilang or ilang-ilang
 
n
 
[C19: from Tagalog ilang-ilang]

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