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ilang-ilang

[ee-lahng-ee-lahng] /ˈi lɑŋˈi lɑŋ/
noun

ylang-ylang

or ilang-ilang

[ee-lahng-ee-lahng] /ˈi lɑŋˈi lɑŋ/
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 of ylang-ylang
1875-1880
1875-80; < Tagalog ilang-ilang
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Historical Examples
  • Baillon designated as Canangium the section of the genus Uvaria, from which he would not separate the ilang-ilang tree.

  • The rich fragrance of the ilang-ilang reaches even to the window which looks out on the lake.

  • A triangular tray of bayug or of ilang-ilang wood decorated with palm fronds is made and suspended from the rafters of the house.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
British Dictionary definitions for ilang-ilang

ilang-ilang

/ˈiːlæŋˈiːlæŋ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of ylang-ylang

ylang-ylang

/ˌiːlæŋˈiːlæŋ/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: from Tagalog ilang-ilang
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