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A genus of the family Oleaceae comprising evergreen shrubs and small trees native to eastern Asia, the Middle East, and southern North America, usually having fragrant white or cream flowers; (also osmanthus) any plant of this genus.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From scientific Latin Osmanthus, genus name from ancient Greek ὀσμή scent + ἄνθος flower.
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