Definition of ylang-ylang in English:


Syllabification: y·lang-y·lang
Pronunciation: /ˌēläNG ˈēläNG
(also ilang-ilang)


  • 1A sweet-scented essential oil obtained from the flowers of a tropical tree, used in perfumery and aromatherapy.
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    • 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 the Malay peninsula and the Philippines, from which this oil is obtained.
    • Cananga odorata, family Annonaceae


late 19th century: from Tagalog ilang-ilang.

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