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or i·lang-i·lang

  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.
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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

Historical Examples of 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 house was a delicious little nest among orange-trees and ylang-ylang.

British Dictionary definitions for ylang-ylang



  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
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Word Origin for ylang-ylang

C19: from Tagalog ilang-ilang
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