a Japanese tree, Paulownia tomentosa, of the bignonia family, having showy clusters of pale-violet or blue flowers blossoming in early spring.
any other tree of the genus Paulownia.
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How to use paulownia in a sentence
We saw during our journey large numbers of kiri (paulownia) used for making geta and bride's chests.The Foundations of Japan | J.W. Robertson Scott
There are many fine old trees throughout the country, and which testify to the general hardihood of the paulownia.Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs | A. D. Webster
The last two classes of the Rising Sun wear a decoration formed of the paulownia flower and leaves.
We have done our last planting—a Catalpa in one place, a paulownia in another—and some more fruit-trees in the orchard.A Year in a Lancashire Garden | Henry Arthur Bright
I made a chain for her neck out of the lovely blue paulownia flowers and covered her with great heart-shaped leaves.The World I Live In | Helen Keller
British Dictionary definitions for paulownia
any scrophulariaceous tree of the Japanese genus Paulownia, esp P. tomentosa, having large heart-shaped leaves and clusters of purplish or white flowers
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