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[paw-loh-nee-uh] /pɔˈloʊ ni ə/
a Japanese tree, Paulownia tomentosa, of the bignonia family, having showy clusters of pale-violet or blue flowers blossoming in early spring.
any other tree of the genus Paulownia.
Origin of paulownia
1835-45; < New Latin; named after Anna Pavlovna, daughter of Paul I of Russia; see -ia Unabridged
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  • We saw during our journey large numbers of kiri (paulownia) used for making geta and bride's chests.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • They stopped first at the bench by the paulownia, which was in full bloom.

  • There are many fine old trees throughout the country, and which testify to the general hardihood of the paulownia.

  • Are they sitting at the window, looking out at the judas tree and the paulownia?

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • The last two classes of the Rising Sun wear a decoration formed of the paulownia flower and leaves.

  • We have done our last planting—a Catalpa in one place, a paulownia in another—and some more fruit-trees in the orchard.

    A Year in a Lancashire Garden Henry Arthur Bright
  • An oak leaf, the broad reminder of the kiri (paulownia imperialis), such might come from last year's fall.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • The beautiful tree, called Kiri, has been named paulownia Imperialis, by botanists.

  • I made a chain for her neck out of the lovely blue paulownia flowers and covered her with great heart-shaped leaves.

    The World I Live In Helen Keller
British Dictionary definitions for paulownia


any scrophulariaceous tree of the Japanese genus Paulownia, esp P. tomentosa, having large heart-shaped leaves and clusters of purplish or white flowers
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, named after Anna Paulovna, daughter of Paul I of Russia
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