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ylang-ylang

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Pronunciation: /ˌiːlaŋˈiːlaŋ
 
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(also ilang-ilang)

Definition of ylang-ylang in English:

noun

1 [mass noun] A sweet-scented essential oil obtained from the flowers of a tropical tree, used in perfumery and aromatherapy.
Example sentences
  • It has ylang-ylang essential oil and vanilla, so it's like an aromatherapy spa treatment for your hair.
  • Together we selected my personal aromatherapy blend: ylang-ylang, mandarin and lemon.
  • Add a few drops of a sensual oil like ylang-ylang or patchouli to spray bottle filled with tap or distilled water.
2The yellow-flowered tree, native to Malaya and the Philippines, from which ylang-ylang oil is obtained.
  • Cananga odorata, family Annonaceae

Origin

late 19th century: from Tagalog ilang-ilang.

Words that rhyme with ylang-ylang

strap-hangboomslang

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