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Carolina jessamine

or Carolina jasmine

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noun

a vine, Gelsemium sempervirens, of the southern U.S. and Central America, of the logania family, having glossy, lance-shaped leaves and fragrant yellow flowers: the state flower of South Carolina.

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Also called yellow jasmine.

Origin of Carolina jessamine

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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