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

  • n. Either of two trees, Magnolia fraseri or M. tripetala, of the southeast United States, having large leaves clustered in an umbrellalike form at the ends of the branches.
  • n. An Australian evergreen tree (Brassasia actinophylla), having palmately compound leaves and widely cultivated in its smaller forms as a houseplant.
  • n. See schefflera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a kind of magnolia (Magnolia Umbrella) with the large leaves arranged in umbrellalike clusters at the ends of the branches. It is a native of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Kentucky. Other plants in various countries are called by this name, especially a kind of screw pine (Pandanus odoratissimus).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the southern United States, a cultivated flat-topped variety of the china-tree, Melia Azedarach, in which the branches radiate from the main stem like the ribs of an umbrella.
  • n. See grass-tree, 4.
  • n. An American magnolia, Magnolia tripetala (M. Umbrella), widely distributed, but not common, from Pennsylvania southward and southwestward.
  • n. See Thespesia.

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

  • n. erect evergreen shrub or small tree of Australia and northern New Guinea having palmately compound leaves
  • n. small deciduous tree of eastern North America having creamy white flowers and large leaves in formations like umbrellas at the ends of branches


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