noun \mag-ˈnōl-yə\

: a tree or tall bush that has white, pink, yellow, or purple flowers

Full Definition of MAGNOLIA

:  any of a genus (Magnolia of the family Magnoliaceae, the magnolia family) of American and Asian shrubs and trees with entire evergreen or deciduous leaves and usually showy white, yellow, rose, or purple flowers usually appearing in early spring

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Origin of MAGNOLIA

New Latin, from Pierre Magnol †1715 French botanist
First Known Use: 1748


noun \mag-ˈnōl-yə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MAGNOLIA

capitalized : a genus (family Magnoliaceae, the magnolia family) of North American and Asian shrubs and trees including some whose bark has been used especially as a bitter tonic and diaphoretic in folk medicine
a : any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia b : the dried bark of a magnolia


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 225 species of trees and shrubs in the genus Magnolia, native to North and Central America, the Himalayas, and East Asia. They are valued for their fragrant flowers and handsome leaves. Magnolia is one of two genera in the family Magnoliaceae, which contains 227 species. Magnolias are among the most primitive of flowering plants; their primitive features include long floral axes, spiral arrangement of flower parts, and simple water-conducting cells.


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