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paulownia

Syllabification: pau·low·ni·a
Pronunciation: /pôˈlōnēə
 
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Definition of paulownia in English:

noun

A small Southeast Asian tree with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant lilac flowers.
  • Genus Paulownia, family Scrophulariaceae
Example sentences
  • I want to plant a royal paulownia or princess tree in my front yard in North Beach, MD. Where can I get one?
  • As part of a game, King Cheng gave Yu a paulownia leaf and declared him enfeoffed.
  • Popular three-bar sets were further packaged in an upscale paulownia wood box.

Origin

modern Latin, named after Anna Pavlovna (1795–1865), a Russian princess.

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