mi·​che·​lia | \ mīˈkēlēə, -lyə \

Definition of michelia

1 capitalized : a genus of Asiatic shrubs and trees (family Magnoliaceae) having introrse anthers and the pistil-bearing receptacle stalked within the flower — see banana shrub, champac
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Michelia

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History and Etymology for michelia

New Latin, from Piero Antonio Micheli †1737 Italian botanist + New Latin -ia

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“Michelia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/michelia. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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