pau·​low·​nia pȯ-ˈlō-nē-ə How to pronounce paulownia (audio)
: 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

Examples of paulownia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to a poplar, paulownia, and bamboo backbone and triax and carbon glass job, the Greats is on the stiff side of the freestyle spectrum. Drew Zieff, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 To create a more eco-friendly board, Earth SUP tweaked the usual foam and fiberglass sandwich construction by adding fast-growing paulownia wood covered with flax-fiber cloth (plus some fiberglass). Mark Anders, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 Take a deep breath and smell the lilies and paulownia blossoms, warm and blushing in the sunshine. Aj Willingham, CNN, 9 May 2020 The sturdy but lightweight canine quarters are constructed of paulownia wood, named after Queen Anna Pavlovna of Russia (1795-1865). Catherine Romano, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2018 Outside, Thomas planted a small forest of coffee, paulownia and black walnut trees, where squirrels and birds congregate. Julia Terruso,, 11 Dec. 2017 Cedar saplings, a nod to Hendrix’s Cherokee heritage, mingle with paulownias, which will eventually bloom purple flowers. Gregory Scruggs, New York Times, 18 June 2017 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Anna Pavlovna †1865 Russian princess

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paulownia was in 1843

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“Paulownia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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