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magnolia

[mag-nohl-yuh, -noh-lee-uh] /mægˈnoʊl yə, -ˈnoʊ li ə/
noun
1.
any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia, having large, usually fragrant flowers and an aromatic bark, much cultivated for ornament.
Compare magnolia family.
2.
the blossom of any such shrub or tree, as of the evergreen magnolia tree: the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Origin
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus), after Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), French botanist; see -ia

Magnolia

[mag-nohl-yuh, -noh-lee-uh] /mægˈnoʊl yə, -ˈnoʊ li ə/
noun
1.
a city in SW Arkansas.
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British Dictionary definitions for magnolia

magnolia

/mæɡˈnəʊlɪə/
noun
1.
any tree or shrub of the magnoliaceous genus Magnolia of Asia and North America: cultivated for their white, pink, purple, or yellow showy flowers
2.
the flower of any of these plants
3.
a very pale pinkish-white or purplish-white colour
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, named after Pierre Magnol (1638–1715), French botanist
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Word Origin and History for magnolia
n.

plant genus, 1748, from Magnolius, Latinized name of Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), French physician and botanist, professor of botany at Montpellier. As the name of a color, by 1931.

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