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mock orange

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  1. 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.
  2. any of various other shrubs or trees having flowers or fruit resembling those of the orange, as the laurel cherry.

Origin of mock orange

First recorded in 1725–35
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Examples from the Web for mock orange

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 gravel walks were bordered with great lilac-bushes, mock-orange, and bridal-wreath.

  • "Never mind, Prue; we'll give him a mock-orange some day," said her mother.

British Dictionary definitions for mock orange

mock orange

  1. Also called: syringa any shrub of the genus Philadelphus, esp P. coronarius, with white fragrant flowers that resemble those of the orange: family Philadelphaceae
  2. any other shrub or tree that resembles the orange tree
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