One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Tahiti) a gardenia of a variety bearing fragrant white flowers.
- ‘In Tahiti, people wear a tiare (a hibiscus blossom) behind one ear.’
- ‘Monoï is a Tahitian beauty oil made with tiare flowers and coconut oil, for the skin and hair.’
- ‘An extravagantly woven headband of red tipani and snow-white tiare fill the aisle with the rich and heady scent of frangipani and gardenia.’
- ‘Celine Dion's first foray into scent is a floral fragrance heady with notes of waterlilies, orange blossoms and tiare flowers (an exotic floral).’
- ‘Other cultural symbols relate to the fertility of the land and the beauty of the islands (the tiare gardenia blossom and the black pearl).’
- ‘Even in Tahiti, it takes surprisingly little effort to find places that remain unspoiled: jungles alive with birdcalls and fragrant with tiare.’
Late 19th century: special use of French tiare ‘tiara’.
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