- an aromatic tree, Cananga odorata, of the annona family, native to the Philippines, Java, etc., having fragrant, drooping flowers that yield a volatile oil used in perfumery.
- the oil or perfume.
Origin of ylang-ylang
First recorded in 1875–80, ylang-ylang is from the Tagalog word ilang-ilang
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Examples from the Web for ilang-ilang
The rich fragrance of the ilang-ilang reaches even to the window which looks out on the lake.Friars and Filipinos
Baillon designated as Canangium the section of the genus Uvaria, from which he would not separate the Ilang-ilang tree.
A triangular tray of bayug or of ilang-ilang wood decorated with palm fronds is made and suspended from the rafters of the house.The Manbos of Mindano
John M. Garvan
- a variant spelling of ylang-ylang
- an aromatic Asian tree, Cananga odorata (or Canangium odoratum), with fragrant greenish-yellow flowers yielding a volatile oil: family Annonaceae
- the oil obtained from this tree, used in perfumery
C19: from Tagalog ilang-ilang