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  1. royal poinciana.
  2. any of several other tropical trees of the legume family, with showy flowers, as Caesalpina pulcherrima (dwarf poinciana) or Peltophorum pterocarpum (yellow poinciana).
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Origin of poinciana

1725–35; < New Latin; named after M. de Poinci, 17th-century governor of the French Antilles; see -an, -a2
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Examples from the Web for poinciana

Historical Examples

  • The pulp of the pods of the Carob tree is eatable; but that of Poinciana is said to be injurious.

    Botany for Ladies

    Jane Loudon

  • In Nicaragua, malinche is also the name of a tree, a species of Poinciana, which bears a handsome red flower.

  • By the day it'd be twelve dollars and up for two at the Breakers, and fourteen dollars and up at the Poinciana.

  • At nine o'clock next mornin' the good ship Constitution stopped at the Poinciana dock w'ile we piled aboard.

British Dictionary definitions for poinciana


  1. any tree of the tropical leguminous genera Caesalpinia (formerly Poinciana) having large orange or red flowersSee royal poinciana
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Word Origin

C17: New Latin, named after M. de Poinci, 17th-century governor of the French Antilles
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