Definition of magnolia in English:

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Pronunciation: /maɡˈnōlēə/


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A tree or shrub with large, typically creamy-pink, waxy flowers. Magnolias are widely grown as ornamental trees.
Example sentences
  • The crocuses and daffodils have come and gone, the magnolias and cherry trees are in bloom.
  • There's a natural coherence and spacing about the twisted elder trees, the large magnolias currently flowering in a pale pink, and the squirrels darting, students and ducks ambling among them.
  • Lightly prune young magnolias after they flower to encourage a pyramidal shape.


Modern Latin, named after Pierre Magnol (1638–1715), French botanist.

Words that rhyme with magnolia

Anatolia, melancholia, Mongolia
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