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mock orange

Also called syringa. any of various shrubs belonging to the genus Philadelphus, of the saxifrage family, especially P. coronarius, a widely cultivated species having fragrant white flowers.
any of various other shrubs or trees having flowers or fruit resembling those of the orange, as the laurel cherry.
Origin of mock orange
1725-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A mock-orange bush was in snowy bloom behind me; great bunches of wistaria hung over the rock beside me.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • Being town-bred and unused to owls, I took it for a human cry in the darkness and shrank closer against my mock-orange bush.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • "Never mind, Prue; we'll give him a mock-orange some day," said her mother.

  • They held their breath; and I held mine, pressing my body into the mock-orange bush until the twigs cracked.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • It was dreamy weather, even for late spring: the scent of lilacs and mock-orange hung heavy as incense along the woods.

    The Tracer of Lost Persons Robert W. Chambers
  • The gravel walks were bordered with great lilac-bushes, mock-orange, and bridal-wreath.

  • The breath of blown Peonies scents the summer air along with the languorous odor of the mock-orange flowers.

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • The guelder-rose's summer snow-balls, and the mock-orange with its penetrating odor, whiten the still gardens as we pass.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • The hardy ornamental shrubs, honeysuckle, lilac, mock-orange and spirea Van Houttii can be grown here.

  • A smooth well-shaped gourd (mock-orange) makes a serviceable darning egg.

British Dictionary definitions for mock-orange

mock orange

Also called syringa. any shrub of the genus Philadelphus, esp P. coronarius, with white fragrant flowers that resemble those of the orange: family Philadelphaceae
any other shrub or tree that resembles the orange tree
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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