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Definition of gordonia

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : a genus of Asiatic and North American shrubs or small trees (family Theaceae) with evergreen foliage and large white flowers — see loblolly bay
2 plural -s : any tree of the genus Gordonia

called also franklinia


noun (2)
Gor·​do·​nia | \ gȯ(r)ˈdōnēə \

Definition of Gordonia (Entry 2 of 2)

: a genus of extinct reptiles from the New Red Sandstone of Scotland related to but smaller than those of Dicynodon

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History and Etymology for gordonia

Noun (1)

New Latin, from James Gordon †1781 English gardener + New Latin -ia

Noun (2)

New Latin, from G. Gordon, 19th century Scottish naturalist + New Latin -ia

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“Gordonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gordonia. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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