A gardenia bloom.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: ModL, after A. Garden (1730-91), American botanist
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noun In both senses also called Cape jasmine.
- Any of various shrubs and trees of the Old World tropics that belong to the genus Gardenia, especially G. jasminoides native to China, having glossy evergreen leaves and large, fragrant, usually white flowers.
- The flower of this plant.
Origin: New Latin Gardenia, genus name, after Alexander Garden.