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noun (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
plural -s : any tree of the genus Gordonia

called also franklinia


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noun (2)

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

Word History


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 5 Jun. 2023.

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