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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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Examples from the Web for paulownia
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  • They stopped first at the bench by the paulownia, which was in full bloom.

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

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • 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

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

  • 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
  • The beautiful tree, called Kiri, has been named paulownia Imperialis, by botanists.

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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