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[yoo-lan; Chinese yy-lahn] /ˈyu læn; Chinese ˈyüˈlɑn/
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) Unabridged
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  • 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


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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