jas·mine (jăzmĭn) also jes·sa·mine (jĕsə-mĭn)
a. Any of several vines or shrubs of the genus Jasminum, native chiefly to Asia and having usually compound leaves and white or yellow flowers. Some of the fragrant species are used in making perfume.
b. The perfume obtained from these plants.
2. See yellow jessamine.
3. Any of several plants or shrubs having fragrant flowers.
4. A light to brilliant yellow.
[French jasmin, from Old French jassemin, from Arabic yasmīn, from Persian yasmīn, yāsman, from Middle Persian yāsman.]
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