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1. Any of numerous evergreen or deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Magnolia of the Western Hemisphere and Asia, having large, showy, often fragrant white, pink, purple, or yellow flowers, and widely cultivated as ornamentals.
2. The flower of any of these plants.
[New Latin Magnolia, genus name, after Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), French botanist.]
1. (Plants) any tree or shrub of the magnoliaceous genus Magnolia of Asia and North America: cultivated for their white, pink, purple, or yellow showy flowers
2. (Plants) the flower of any of these plants
3. (Colours) a very pale pinkish-white or purplish-white colour
[C18: New Latin, named after Pierre Magnol (1638–1715), French botanist]
mag•no•lia(mægˈnoʊl yə, -ˈnoʊ li ə)
n., pl. -lias.
1. any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia, of the magnolia family, having large usu. fragrant flowers, much cultivated for ornament.
2. the blossom of any such shrub or tree, as of the evergreen magnolia tree.
[< New Latin (Linnaeus), after Pierre Magnol (1638–1715), French botanist; see -ia]
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|Noun||1.||magnolia - dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine|
magnolia - any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia; valued for their longevity and exquisite fragrant blooms
bark - tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
|2.||magnolia - any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia; valued for their longevity and exquisite fragrant blooms|
genus Magnolia - shrubs or trees of North America or Asia having entire evergreen or deciduous leaves; among most ancient of angiosperm genera
magnolia - dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine
bull bay, evergreen magnolia, large-flowering magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora, southern magnolia - evergreen tree of southern United States having large stiff glossy leaves and huge white sweet-smelling flowers
elkwood, elk-wood, Magnolia tripetala, umbrella magnolia, umbrella tree - small deciduous tree of eastern North America having creamy white flowers and large leaves in formations like umbrellas at the ends of branches
earleaved umbrella tree, Magnolia fraseri - small erect deciduous tree with large leaves in coiled formations at branch tips
cucumber tree, Magnolia acuminata - American deciduous magnolia having large leaves and fruit like a small cucumber
great-leaved macrophylla, large-leaved cucumber tree, large-leaved magnolia, Magnolia macrophylla - large deciduous shrub or tree of southeastern United States having huge leaves in dense false whorls and large creamy flowers tinged purple toward the base
Chinese magnolia, Magnolia soulangiana, saucer magnolia - large deciduous shrub or small tree having large open rosy to purplish flowers; native to Asia; prized as an ornamental in eastern North America
Magnolia stellata, star magnolia - deciduous shrubby magnolia from Japan having fragrant white starlike flowers blooming before leaves unfold; grown as an ornamental in United States
Magnolia virginiana, swamp bay, sweet bay, swamp laurel - shrub or small tree having rather small fragrant white flowers; abundant in southeastern United States