magnolia

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Magnolia \Mag*no"li*a\, noun [NL. Named after Pierre Magnol, professor of botany at Montpellier, France, in the 17th century.] (Bot.) A genus of American and Asiatic trees, with aromatic bark and large sweet-scented whitish or reddish flowers.

Note: {Magnolia grandiflora} has coriaceous shining leaves and very fragrant blossoms. It is common from North Carolina to Florida and Texas, and is one of the most magnificent trees of the American forest. The sweet bay ({Magnolia glauca})is a small tree found sparingly as far north as Cape Ann. Other American species are {Magnolia Umbrella}, {Magnolia macrophylla}, {Magnolia Fraseri}, {Magnolia acuminata}, and {Magnolia cordata}. {Magnolia conspicua} and {Magnolia purpurea} are cultivated shrubs or trees from Eastern Asia. {Magnolia Campbellii}, of India, has rose-colored or crimson flowers.

{Magnolia warbler} (Zool.), 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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

magnolia

noun

1: dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine

2: any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia; valued for their longevity and exquisite fragrant blooms


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