gardenia


gardenia
/gahr dee"nyeuh, -nee euh/, n.
1. 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.
2. the flower of any of these plants.
[ < NL (1760), after Alexander Garden (1730-91), American physician; see -IA]

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Any of the approximately 200 species of ornamental shrubs and trees in the genus Gardenia, in the madder family, native to tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia.

Gardenias have white or yellow tubular flowers, evergreen leaves, and large, berrylike fruits containing a sticky, orange pulp. Cape jasmine (G. jasminoides), native to China, is the fragrant species sold by florists.

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▪ plant genus
 genus of ornamental shrubs and trees of the madder family (Rubiaceae), containing about 60 species native to tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia. Gardenias have white or yellow tubular flowers, evergreen leaves, and large, berrylike fruits containing a sticky, orange pulp.

      Cape jasmine (G. augusta), native to China, is the fragrant species sold by florists.

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  • Gardenia — Porté en Italie, où il est très rare, le nom peut aussi s écrire Cardenia. Dans les deux cas, il renvoie au gardénia, et paraît avoir été donné comme nom de famille à des enfants trouvées …   Noms de famille

  • gardênia — s. f. [Botânica] Gênero de plantas rubiáceas.   ♦ Grafia em Portugal: gardénia …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • gardénia — s. f. [Botânica] Gênero de plantas rubiáceas.   ♦ Grafia no Brasil: gardênia …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • gardenia — sustantivo femenino 1. Gardenia s. Arbusto rubiáceo, con tallo espinoso, hojas ovaladas, flores blancas y olorosas y fruto en baya, apreciada en jardinería. 2. Flor de las gardenias …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • gardenia — ☆ gardenia [gär dēn′yə, gärdē′nē ə ] n. [ModL, after A. Garden (1730 91), Am botanist] any of a genus (Gardenia) of chiefly subtropical Old World plants of the madder family, with glossy leaves and highly fragrant, white or yellow, waxy flowers …   English World dictionary

  • Gardenia — Garde ni*a, n. [NL.] (Bot.) A genus of plants, some species of which produce beautiful and fragrant flowers; Cape jasmine; so called in honor of Dr. Alexander Garden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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