[ 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 (yù jade + lán orchid)
Words nearby yulan
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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.
Howl at Mrs. Ledwith and tear her to tatters while we start around the world on the Yulan?
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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