One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An Old World shrub or climbing plant that bears fragrant flowers used in perfumery or tea. It is popular as an ornamental.
Genus Jasminum, family Oleaceae: many species, including the winter jasmine
- ‘Living and dining spaces are clustered to the east of the patio, overlooking and opening out on to a large garden, lushly planted with jasmine, fig trees and jacaranda.’
- ‘Climbing roses, jasmine and honeysuckle were trained up the walls and rosemary and lavender borders lined the flower beds.’
- ‘The fence will look truly stark and bare when it's gone, so I shall plant three or four vigorous climbing jasmines along it, water, and retire to a safe distance.’
- ‘She caught a whiff of perfumed fragrance as she passed a row of purple lilacs, and white jasmines.’
- ‘I like the wildness of the two plants that look charming together, with the small white fragrant flowers of the jasmine contrasting beautifully with the reddish purple ones of the clematis.’
- 1.1 Used in names of other shrubs or climbers with fragrant flowers, e.g. Cape jasmine, yellow jasmine.
- ‘Cape jasmine is originally a species from temperate climates. In tropical areas it grows well, at altitudes of 400-1200 m. In the tropical lowland it flowers poorly or not at all. It prefers sunny places.’
- ‘Yellow Jasmines are little coned shape flowers that you can find growing like a vine on trees.’
- ‘Some climbing plants such as the Wisteria can be pruned back to this scaffold for many years, while other climbers such as star jasmine are often too vigorous to be trained in this way beyond the second year.’
Mid 16th century: from French jasmin and obsolete French jessemin, from Arabic yāsamīn, from Persian yāsamīn.
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