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.
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How to use ylang-ylang in a sentence
The house was a delicious little nest among orange-trees and ylang-ylang.An Eagle Flight | Jos Rizal
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
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
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
On the other hand, her attempt at making perfume from the moso'oi flower (said to be the real ylang-ylang) was a distinct success.The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson | Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
British Dictionary definitions for ylang-ylang
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
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