from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The flower of any of these plants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of plants, type of the natural order Magnoliaceœ and the tribe Magnolieœ, characterized by a sessile cone-shaped cluster of pistils, and two-ovuled persistent carpels which open down the back at maturity.
  • noun [l. c] A plant of this genus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of American and Asiatic trees, with aromatic bark and large sweet-scented whitish or reddish flowers.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a beautiful North American wood warbler (Dendroica maculosa). The rump and under parts are bright yellow; the breast and belly are spotted with black; the under tail coverts are white; the crown is ash.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tree or shrub in any species of the genus Magnolia, many with large flowers and simple leaves.
  • noun The flower of a magnolia tree.
  • noun A native or resident of the American state of Mississippi.
  • noun A creamy white colour, like that of some magnolia flowers.
  • adjective Of a creamy white colour, like that of some magnolia flowers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia; valued for their longevity and exquisite fragrant blooms
  • noun dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Magnolia, genus name, after Pierre Magnol, (1638–1715), French botanist.]

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Named after French botanist Pierre Magnol (1638-1715).


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