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Carolina jessamine

or Carolina jasmine

  1. 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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Origin of Carolina jessamine

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
Also called yellow jasmine.
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