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  1. (essential oil)  an oil distilled from flowers of the ilang-ilang tree; used in perfumery
    Synonyms: ylang-ylang. Type of: essential oil
  2. (angiospermous tree)  an evergreen Asian tree with aromatic greenish-yellow flowers yielding a volatile oil; widely grown in the tropics as an ornamental
    Synonyms: Cananga odorata [species], ylang-ylang, C. odorata [abbreviation, species]. Type of:...

Etymology summary

from Tagalog ilang-ilang
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)


Cananga odorata [species] | EE

commonly called ylang-ylang, cananga tree, ilang-ilang, kenanga, fragrant cananga, Macassar-oil plant or perfume tree, is a tree valued for its perfume. The essential oil derived from the flowers is used in aromatherapy. Artabotrys odoratissimus, ... (34 of 762 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Cananga odorata

Britannica Encyclopedia:

ylang-ylang [plant] | ilang-ilang | perfume tree [synonym] | Artabotrys odoratissimus [species]

South Asian tree of the custard apple family, in the order Magnoliales. A penetrating but evanescent perfume is distilled from its flowers. ... (22 of 195 words, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:

ilang-ilang | ylang-ylang

a variant spelling of "ylang-ylang" | an aromatic Asian tree, "Cananga odorata" (or "Canangium odoratum"), with fragrant greenish-yellow flowers ... (18 of 291 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)


Oxford Dictionary:

ylang-ylang | ilang-ilang | Cananga odorata [species, sense-specific] | Annonaceae [family, member, sense-specific]

a sweet-scented essential oil obtained from the flowers of a tropical tree, used in perfumery and aromatherapy. | the yellow-flowered tree, native to ... (22 of 65 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)



ylang-ylang | ilang-ilang | Cananga odorata [species, sense-specific]

a tree of the custard-apple family that is native to the Malay Archipelago, ... | a perfume distilled from the flowers of the ylang-ylang tree (24 of 58 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

ylang-ylang | ilang-ilang | ylang-ylangs

perfume oil obtained by distillation of the fragrant flowers of "Cananga odorata", a large tropical Asian tree of the custard-apple family. The oil is ... (24 of 43 words, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

ylang-ylang | ilang-ilang [sense-specific] | Cananga odorata [species, sense-specific]

an aromatic tree of the annona family, native to the Philippines, Java, ... | the oil or perfume. (17 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

ylang-ylang | Cananga odorata [species, sense-specific] | ilang-ilang [species, sense-specific]

A tropical Asian tree "(Cananga odorata") having fragrant greenish-yellow flowers that yield an oil used in perfumery. | An oil or a perfume obtained ... (23 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)



ylang ylang | ilang-ilangs [plural] | ylang-ylangs [plural] | ylang-ylang [sense-specific] | ilang-ilang [sense-specific] | cananga [synonym, sense-specific] | perfume tree [synonym, sense-specific] | Cananga odorata [species, sense-specific]

[countable] The fragrant flower of a tropical tree native to southeast Asia. | [uncountable] An essential oil derived from this flower used in aromatherapy and perfumes. | [countable] The tree on which ylang ylang flowers grow. (34 of 37 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ylang ylang

New World Dictionary:

ylang-ylang | Cananga odorata [species, sense-specific]

an East Indian tree of the custard-apple family, with fragrant, greenish-yellow flowers | the oil obtained from these flowers, used in perfumes (21 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

ylang-ylang | ylang-ylangs [plural] | ilang-ilang: ilang-ilangs [plural] | ilang-ilangs [plural] | ilang-ilang | Cananga odorata [species]

a tree with flowers that yield a fragrant oil used in perfumery. Native to: tropical Asia, northern Australia. (18 of 52 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733354​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Collins Dictionary:

ilang-ilang | ylang-ylang

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Tagalog ilang-ilang


Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

ilang-ilang | ylang-ylang

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "ilang-ilang"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ilang-ilang"


the Free Dictionary:


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Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "ilang-ilang"

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