[yoo-lan; Chinese yy-lahn]
- a magnolia tree, Magnolia heptapeta, native to China, having large, fragrant white flowers and cylindrical brownish fruit.
Origin of yulan
1815–25; < Chinese yùlan (yù jade + lán orchid)
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Examples from the Web for yulan
Spring flowers are the large white magnolia or the yulan with the peony.Chats on Oriental China
J. F. Blacker
Howl at Mrs. Ledwith and tear her to tatters while we start around the world on the Yulan?
The informality of her recent host aboard the Yulan did not entirely please her.
- a Chinese magnolia, Magnolia denudata, that is often cultivated for its showy white flowers
C19: from Chinese, from yu a gem + lan plant
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