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paulownia

[paw-loh-nee-uh] /pɔˈloʊ ni ə/
noun
1.
a Japanese tree, Paulownia tomentosa, of the bignonia family, having showy clusters of pale-violet or blue flowers blossoming in early spring.
2.
any other tree of the genus Paulownia.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Neo-Latin; named after Anna Pavlovna, daughter of Paul I of Russia; see -ia
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paulownia

/pɔːˈləʊnɪə/
noun
1.
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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