Jas·mine n. Bot. A shrubby plant of the genus Jasminum, bearing flowers of a peculiarly fragrant odor. The Jasminum officinale, common in the south of Europe, bears white flowers. The Arabian jasmine is Jasminum Sambac, and, with Jasminum 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. [Written also jessamine.]
Cape jasmine, or Cape jessamine, the Gardenia florida, a shrub with fragrant white flowers, a native of China, and hardy in the Southern United States.
Cape n. A piece or point of land, extending beyond the adjacent coast into the sea or a lake; a promontory; a headland.
Cape buffalo Zool. a large and powerful buffalo of South Africa (Bubalus Caffer). It is said to be the most dangerous wild beast of Africa. See Buffalo, 2.
Cape jasmine, Cape jessamine. See Jasmine.
Cape pigeon Zool., a petrel (Daptium Capense) common off the Cape of Good Hope. It is about the size of a pigeon.
Cape wine, wine made in South Africa [Eng.]
The Cape, the Cape of Good Hope, in the general sense of the southern extremity of Africa. Also used of Cape Horn, and, in New England, of Cape Cod.
n : evergreen shrub widely cultivated for its large fragrant
waxlike white flowers and glossy leaves [syn: cape
jasmine, Gardenia jasminoides, Gardenia augusta]