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royal poinciana


noun

a tree, Delonix regia, of the legume family, native to Madagascar, having showy clusters of brilliant scarlet flowers and long, flat, woody pods.

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Nearby words

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Origin of royal poinciana

First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called flamboyant, flame tree.
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British Dictionary definitions for royal poinciana

royal poinciana


noun

a leguminous tree, Delonix regia, that is native to Madagascar but widely cultivated elsewhere, having clusters of large scarlet flowers and long podsAlso called: flamboyant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012