American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous evergreen or deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Magnolia of the Western Hemisphere and Asia, having aromatic twigs and large showy white, pink, purple, or yellow flowers.
- n. The flower of any of these plants.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, type of 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. They are trees or shrubs with entire alternate leaves, often evergreen, conduplicate in the bud, and then protected by membranous stipules, and large showy flowers which are solitary and terminal. The calyx consists of three deciduous sepals, and the corolla of six to twelve petals, usually white or purplish; and the stamens and pistils are numerous. The flowers are generally fragrant, and the fruit is a spike, consisting of a number of follicles, from the openings of which the scarlet or brown seeds are suspended at maturity by long and slender threads. There are about 15 species, indigenous to subtropical Asia and the eastern part of North America. They are almost all very ornamental, and are frequently cultivated, M. conspicua is the yulan. M. grandiflora is the big laurel or bull-bay of the southern United States, a fine forest-tree, 60 or 80 feet high, evergreen, with fragrant flowers. M. macrophylla is the great-leafed cucumber, a less common tree of the same region. M. Umbrella is the umbrella-tree. M. acuminata, the cucumber-tree or mountain-magnolia, extends north to New York and Ohio. Another cucumber-tree is M. cordata, growing in the Southern States. M. glauca, a moderate-sized tree, or northward a shrub, grows in swamps from Massachusetts to Florida and Texas. It has globular fragrant flowers, 2 inches long, the leaves ever green in the south. It is variously named small or laurel magnolia, sweet-bay or white-bay, white laurel or swamplaurel; also
beaver-treeand swamp-sassafras. The genus appears very early and very abundantly in the fossil state, over 50 species having been described. They range from the Middle Cretaceous to the Pliocene, being more numerous in the Cretaceous than in the Tertiary in both Europe and America, and also occurring in Greenland, in Australia, in Japan, and in Java.
- n. [l. c] A plant of this genus.
- n. A tree or shrub in any species of the genus Magnolia, many with large flowers and simple leaves.
- n. The flower of a magnolia tree.
- n. A native or resident of the American state of Mississippi.
- n. A creamy white colour, like that of some magnolia flowers.
- adj. Of a creamy white colour, like that of some magnolia flowers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of American and Asiatic trees, with aromatic bark and large sweet-scented whitish or reddish flowers.
- n. any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia; valued for their longevity and exquisite fragrant blooms
- n. dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine
- Named after French botanist Pierre Magnol (1638-1715). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Magnolia, genus name, after Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), French botanist. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Feb 22nd, 2010 at 12: 43 pm kcijones001: magnolia is pure crap … I dont get it.”
“My star magnolia is showing a few pink buds that look ready to burst.”
“Anyway, the magnolia is a fairly nondescript tree for 50 weeks of the year and, more importantly, it's taking up too much room and blocking out the light from the other plants.”
“Our odd spring, pushed back so that everything came together, has meant that many plants have been flowering alongside unlikely neighbours, and the magnolia was a good two weeks late.”
“Beside the magnolia is a nicely landscaped driveway.”
“Unlike white magnolia, which is peach-like and very light, champaca has a penetrating, smooth and rich aroma that is reminiscent of tea, spices, and a floral note that is often compared to orange blossom.”
“I also have Fleur Imperiale, the limited edition for summer 2006 – pleasantly based on myrrh like Fleur de Shanghai, but lacking the unique sweetness of magnolia, which is replaced but a much less significant or authentic osmanthus and apricot blossoms.”
“EHRLICH: The magnolia is the state flower of both Louisiana and Mississippi.”
“EHRLICH: The magnolia is the state flower of both Louisiana and Mississippi so we've got one and we've got 144 of them which we're going to give to presenters and performers on the show.”
“One splendid shrub, called the magnolia, flourishes in great perfection; and I have seen a species of small rose, called the multiflora, spreading over a fence to the extent of perhaps thirty feet by six or eight, and in all that space you could hardly have put down your finger without touching a rose.”
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