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


[mag-nohl-yuh, -noh-lee-uh] /mægˈnoʊl yə, -ˈnoʊ li ə/
a city in SW Arkansas. Unabridged
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  • It is much simpler to assume that Greenland changed—as a vast amount of evidence indicates—than that the magnolia changed.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • There is also a maid, but we don't know her name, so we call her magnolia.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • Well, what did that young rascal do but grow a beard and hire out as a waiter in the magnolia Hotel.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • Plans were out for the erection of flats in magnolia Road also.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • "The magnolia—yes," answered Alice, as her sister led the children up to her.

British Dictionary definitions for magnolia


any tree or shrub of the magnoliaceous genus Magnolia of Asia and North America: cultivated for their white, pink, purple, or yellow showy flowers
the flower of any of these plants
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

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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