JAS'MINE, n. [It is sometimes written in English jessamine.]
A plant of the genus Jasminum, bearing beautiful flowers. There are several species. The common white jasmin is a climbing shrub, rising on supports 15 or 20 feet high. The name is also given to several plants of different genera; as the Arabian Jasmin, of the genus Nyctanthes; the bastard Jasmin, of the genus Cestrum, and also of the genus Lycium; the Persian Jasmin, of the genus Syringa; the red Jasmin, of the genus Plumeria; the scarlet and yellow Jasmin, of the genus Bignonia, &c.
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- A shrubby plant of the
genus Jasminum, bearing flowers of a peculiarly fragrant odor.
The J. officinale, common in the south of Europe, bears white
flowers. The Arabian jasmine is J. Sambac, and, with J.
angustifolia, comes from the East Indies. The yellow false
jasmine in the Gelseminum sempervirens (see Gelsemium).
Several other plants are called jasmine in the West Indies, as
species of Calotropis and Faramea.