paulownia

[ paw-loh-nee-uh ]
/ pɔˈloʊ ni ə /

noun

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.

Origin of paulownia

1835–45; < New Latin; named after Anna Pavlovna, daughter of Paul I of Russia; see -ia
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paulownia

/ (pɔːˈləʊnɪə) /

noun

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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