- 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.
- 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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Examples from the Web for mock orange
They held their breath; and I held mine, pressing my body into the mock-orange bush until the twigs cracked.
Being town-bred and unused to owls, I took it for a human cry in the darkness and shrank closer against my mock-orange bush.
The breath of blown Peonies scents the summer air along with the languorous odor of the mock-orange flowers.A Garden with House Attached
Sarah Warner Brooks
The gravel walks were bordered with great lilac-bushes, mock-orange, and bridal-wreath.A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays
"Never mind, Prue; we'll give him a mock-orange some day," said her mother.A Little Garden Calendar for Boys and Girls
Albert Bigelow Paine
- Also called: syringa any shrub of the genus Philadelphus, esp P. coronarius, with white fragrant flowers that resemble those of the orange: family Philadelphaceae
- any other shrub or tree that resembles the orange tree
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