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[gahr-dee-nyuh, -nee-uh] /gɑrˈdi nyə, -ni ə/
any evergreen tree or shrub belonging to the genus Gardenia, of the madder family, native to the warmer parts of the Eastern Hemisphere, cultivated for its usually large, fragrant white flowers.
the flower of any of these plants.
Origin of gardenia
< New Latin (1760), after Alexander Garden (1730-91), American physician; see -ia Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gardenia
  • Per-fumed with gardenia, stone-fruit blossoms, and a gamut of citrus.
  • Being anywhere near a manufacturer's idea of gardenia or lilac leaves me wearing that scent.
  • Where you can smell the jasmine and gardenia blossoms in the air driving at night with the top down.
  • The ceremony took place on a gardenia-scented mezzanine overlooking the hall.
British Dictionary definitions for gardenia


any evergreen shrub or tree of the Old World tropical rubiaceous genus Gardenia, cultivated for their large fragrant waxlike typically white flowers
the flower of any of these shrubs
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, named after Dr Alexander Garden (1730–91), American botanist
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Word Origin and History for gardenia

1757, Modern Latin, named for Scottish-born American naturalist Dr. Alexander Garden (1730-1791), Vice President of the Royal Society.

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