[ yoo-lan; Chinese yy-lahn ]
/ ˈyu læn; Chinese ˈyüˈlɑn /


a magnolia tree, Magnolia heptapeta, native to China, having large, fragrant white flowers and cylindrical brownish fruit.



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Origin of yulan

1815–25; < Chinese yùlan ( jade + lán orchid)
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Example sentences from the Web for yulan

  • The informality of her recent host aboard the Yulan did not entirely please her.

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  • Howl at Mrs. Ledwith and tear her to tatters while we start around the world on the Yulan?

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British Dictionary definitions for yulan

/ (ˈjuːlæn) /


a Chinese magnolia, Magnolia denudata, that is often cultivated for its showy white flowers

Word Origin for yulan

C19: from Chinese, from yu a gem + lan plant
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