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[yoo-lan; Chinese yy-lahn]
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  1. a magnolia tree, Magnolia heptapeta, native to China, having large, fragrant white flowers and cylindrical brownish fruit.

Origin of yulan

1815–25; < Chinese yùlan ( jade + lán orchid)
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Historical Examples

  • 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 Streets of Ascalon

    Robert W. Chambers

  • The informality of her recent host aboard the Yulan did not entirely please her.

    The Streets of Ascalon

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for yulan


  1. a Chinese magnolia, Magnolia denudata, that is often cultivated for its showy white flowers

Word Origin

C19: from Chinese, from yu a gem + lan plant
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