[ mag-nohl-yuh, -noh-lee-uh ]
/ mægˈnoʊl yə, -ˈnoʊ li ə /


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.


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Origin of magnolia

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

Definition for magnolia (2 of 2)

[ mag-nohl-yuh, -noh-lee-uh ]
/ mægˈnoʊl yə, -ˈnoʊ li ə /


a city in SW Arkansas. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for magnolia

/ (mæɡˈnəʊlɪə) /


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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