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paulownia

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noun pau·low·nia \pȯ-ˈlō-nē-ə\

Definition of paulownia

  1. :  any of a genus (Paulownia) of Chinese trees of the snapdragon family; especially :  one (P. tomentosa) widely cultivated for its panicles of fragrant violet flowers



Origin of paulownia

New Latin, from Anna Pavlovna †1865 Russian princess


First Known Use: 1843


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