ilang-ilang

[ee-lahng-ee-lahng]

ylang-ylang

or i·lang-i·lang

[ee-lahng-ee-lahng]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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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Historical Examples of ilang-ilang

  • The rich fragrance of the ilang-ilang reaches even to the window which looks out on the lake.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for ilang-ilang

ilang-ilang

noun
  1. a variant spelling of ylang-ylang

ylang-ylang

ilang-ilang

noun
  1. an aromatic Asian tree, Cananga odorata (or Canangium odoratum), with fragrant greenish-yellow flowers yielding a volatile oil: family Annonaceae
  2. the oil obtained from this tree, used in perfumery

Word Origin for ylang-ylang

C19: from Tagalog ilang-ilang
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