- See under poinciana(def 2).
- royal poinciana.
- any of several other tropical trees of the legume family, with showy flowers, as Caesalpina pulcherrima (dwarf poinciana) or Peltophorum pterocarpum (yellow poinciana).
Origin of poinciana
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- any tree of the tropical leguminous genera Caesalpinia (formerly Poinciana) having large orange or red flowersSee royal poinciana
C17: New Latin, named after M. de Poinci, 17th-century governor of the French Antilles