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mock orange

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.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Philadelphus syringa, or mock orange; grandiflorus is the finest.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden

    Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • The fruit is described in big-cone pine, butternut, mossy-cup oak, and mock orange.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Lilacs, snowballs and mock orange should be let alone during the winter, being neither trimmed nor covered with straw and manure.

  • Turning, she saw a middle-aged, white-haired lady, standing by a mock orange bush slightly to the left of the gate.

    The Secret of the Sundial Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for mock orange

mock orange

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