- 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 ylang-ylang
Essence of Ylang-ylang is distilled in Manila and other towns; it used to fetch formerly 1000 francs per kilogramme.The Inhabitants of the Philippines
Frederic H. Sawyer
I believe I have discovered the ylang-ylang tree, about which there has been so much mystery.The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson
Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
In the cool shade of the ylang-ylang tree a native barber is intent upon his customer.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia
Paul T. Gilbert
The house was a delicious little nest among orange-trees and ylang-ylang.An Eagle Flight
- 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