MAGNOLIAS

magnolia

[mag-nohl-yuh, -noh-lee-uh]
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

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Magnolia

[mag-nohl-yuh, -noh-lee-uh]
noun
a city in SW Arkansas.
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magnolia (mæɡˈnəʊlɪə)
 
n
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
 
[C18: New Latin, named after Pierre Magnol (1638--1715), French botanist]

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magnolia
plant genus, 1748, from Latinized name of Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), Fr. physician and botanist, professor of botany at Montpellier.
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