mock orange

noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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
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mock orange

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