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(Plants) any shrub of the N temperate genus Philadelphus, cultivated for their strongly scented showy flowers: family Hydrangeaceae. See also mock orange1
[C19: New Latin, from Greek philadelphon mock orange, literally: loving one's brother]
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|Noun||1.||philadelphus - any of various chiefly deciduous ornamental shrubs of the genus Philadelphus having white sweet-scented flowers, single or in clusters; widely grown in temperate regions|
genus Philadelphus - mock orange: type and sole genus of the subfamily Philadelphaceae; sometimes placed in family Saxifragaceae
mock orange, Philadelphus coronarius, syringa - large hardy shrub with showy and strongly fragrant creamy-white flowers in short terminal racemes
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