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

  • n. See royal poinciana.

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  • n. a tropical shrub with bright orange-red flowers


New Latin Poinciāna, genus name, after M. De Poinci, 17th-century governor of French West Indies.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Ooh! I can't believe I didn't already have this on my growing things list. Thanks, chained!

    January 17, 2010

  • "Black-smeared pitch barrels and piles of dry wood stood in grim sticky clumps amid the brilliant greens of tree-fens and dwarf poinciana."
    —Diana Gabaldon, Voyager (NY: Dell, 1994), 837

    January 17, 2010