- 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
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Examples from the Web for paulownia
They stopped first at the bench by the Paulownia, which was in full bloom.Fromont and Risler, Complete
Are they sitting at the window, looking out at the judas tree and the Paulownia?Alas!
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
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
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
- any scrophulariaceous tree of the Japanese genus Paulownia, esp P. tomentosa, having large heart-shaped leaves and clusters of purplish or white flowers
C19: New Latin, named after Anna Paulovna, daughter of Paul I of Russia
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