Definitions for magnoliamægˈnoʊl yə, -ˈnoʊ li ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mag•no•liamægˈnoʊl yə, -ˈnoʊ li ə(n.)(pl.)-lias.

  1. any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia, of the magnolia family, having large usu. fragrant flowers, much cultivated for ornament.

    Category: Plants

  2. the blossom of any such shrub or tree, as of the evergreen magnolia tree.

    Category: Plants

Origin of magnolia:

< NL (Linnaeus), after Pierre Magnol (1638–1715), French botanist; see -ia

Princeton's WordNet

  1. magnolia(noun)

    dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine

  2. magnolia(noun)

    any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia; valued for their longevity and exquisite fragrant blooms

Wiktionary

  1. magnolia(Noun)

    A tree or shrub in any species of the genus Magnolia, many with large flowers and simple leaves.

  2. magnolia(Noun)

    The flower of a magnolia tree.

  3. magnolia(Noun)

    A native or resident of the American state of Mississippi.

  4. magnolia(Adjective)

    Of a creamy white colour, like that of some magnolia flowers.

  5. Magnolia(ProperNoun)

    , one of the less common flower names invented in the 19th century.

  6. Origin: Named after botanist Pierre Magnol (1638-1715).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magnolia(noun)

    a genus of American and Asiatic trees, with aromatic bark and large sweet-scented whitish or reddish flowers

Freebase

  1. Magnolia

    Magnolia is a large genus of about 210 flowering plant species in the subfamily Magnolioideae of the family Magnoliaceae. It is named after French botanist Pierre Magnol. Magnolia is an ancient genus. Appearing before bees did, the flowers evolved to encourage pollination by beetles. To avoid damage from pollinating beetles, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are extremely tough. Fossilised specimens of Magnolia acuminata have been found dating to 20 million years ago, and of plants identifiably belonging to the Magnoliaceae dating to 95 million years ago. Another aspect of Magnolias that is considered to represent an ancestral state is that the flower bud is enclosed in a bract rather than in sepals; the perianth parts are undifferentiated and called tepals rather than distinct sepals and petals. Magnolia shares the tepal characteristic with several other flowering plants near the base of the flowering plant lineage such as Amborella and Nymphaea. The natural range of Magnolia species is a disjunct distribution, with a main centre in east and southeast Asia and a secondary centre in eastern North America, Central America, the West Indies, and some species in South America.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Magnolia

    A plant genus of the family MAGNOLIACEAE. The germacranolide sesquiterpene lactones costunolide, parthenolide, and costunolide diepoxide have been isolated from the leaves. Bark contains honokiol and magnolol. Parts are an ingredient of Banxia Houpo Tang.

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