gardenia[gär dēn′yə, -dē′nē ə]
A gardenia bloom.
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
Origin of gardeniaModern Latin after A. Garden (1730-91), American botanist
- Any of various tropical shrubs and trees of the genus Gardenia, especially G. jasminoides, native to China, having glossy evergreen leaves and large, fragrant, usually white flowers.
- The flower of any of these plants. In both senses also called Cape jasmine.
Origin of gardeniaNew Latin Gardenia, genus name, after Alexander Garden.
From New Latin, after Scottish naturalist Dr. Alexander Garden.