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.

Nearby words

  1. paulinism,
  2. paulinus,
  3. paulinus of nola,
  4. paulinus, saint,
  5. paulist,
  6. paumgartner,
  7. paumotu archipelago,
  8. paunch,
  9. paunchy,
  10. pauper

Origin of paulownia

1835–45; < New Latin; named after Anna Pavlovna, daughter of Paul I of Russia; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

Word Origin for paulownia

C19: New Latin, named after Anna Paulovna, daughter of Paul I of Russia

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