[mag-nohl-yuh, -noh-lee-uh]


any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia, having large, usually fragrant flowers and an aromatic bark, much cultivated for ornament.Compare magnolia family.
the blossom of any such shrub or tree, as of the evergreen magnolia tree: the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Origin of magnolia

< New Latin (Linnaeus), after Pierre Magnol (1638–1715), French botanist; see -ia


[mag-nohl-yuh, -noh-lee-uh]


a city in SW Arkansas. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any tree or shrub of the magnoliaceous genus Magnolia of Asia and North America: cultivated for their white, pink, purple, or yellow showy flowers
the flower of any of these plants
a very pale pinkish-white or purplish-white colour

Word Origin for magnolia

C18: New Latin, named after Pierre Magnol (1638–1715), French botanist
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Word Origin and History for magnolia

plant genus, 1748, from Magnolius, Latinized name of Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), French physician and botanist, professor of botany at Montpellier. As the name of a color, by 1931.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper