Meaning of gardenia

gar•de•nia

Pronunciation: (gär-dē'nyu, -nē-u), [key]
— n.
  1. any evergreen tree or shrub belonging to the genus Gardenia, of the madder family, native to the warmer parts of the Eastern Hemisphere, cultivated for its usually large, fragrant white flowers.
  2. the flower of any of these plants.
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