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orange blossom

the white flower of an orange tree, especially of the genus Citrus, much used in wreaths, bridal bouquets, etc.: the state flower of Florida.
a cocktail made of gin, orange juice, and sugar, shaken together with ice.
Origin of orange blossom
1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • They 're goin' to be all new clothes right through to their skins, 'n' Polly 's goin' to have a orange-blossom bunch on her hat.

  • Faint, very faint, there was still the scent of orange-blossom.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • The horizons became wider, like a world; a fitful breeze blew away some of the orange-blossom breath.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • An orange-blossom had dropped from her grasp, and lay neglected by her side; her life-hand never touched it more!

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • The veil was fastened with a bunch of tiny sprays of orange-blossom mingled with cypress and laurel—a strange combination.

  • It might be a thimble, indicating spinsterhood, or a spray of orange-blossom, indicating matrimony.

    Betty's Happy Year Carolyn Wells
  • Gwenna shook the curly head under the orange-blossom wreath and the misty veil.

    The Boy with Wings Berta Ruck
  • In the centre of the window, on a raised background of silver paper, was displayed a wreath of orange-blossom veiled with tulle.

  • I shall not be crowned with orange-blossom, so why should David go to the expense of an unnecessary topper?

    The Following of the Star Florence L. Barclay
  • The buildings are surrounded by gardens fragrant with champa and orange-blossom, and gay with many other flowers.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
British Dictionary definitions for orange-blossom

orange blossom

the flowers of the orange tree, traditionally worn by brides
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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