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

Definition of paulownia

: 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 The sturdy but lightweight canine quarters are constructed of paulownia wood, named after Queen Anna Pavlovna of Russia (1795-1865). Catherine Romano, WSJ, "5 Pet Homes That Humans Will Envy," 26 Oct. 2018 Outside, Thomas planted a small forest of coffee, paulownia and black walnut trees, where squirrels and birds congregate. Julia Terruso,, "Northern Liberties log cabin for sale: $639,000," 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, "Jimi Hendrix Park Opens at Last, With a Purple Flourish," 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of paulownia

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paulownia

New Latin, from Anna Pavlovna †1865 Russian princess

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“Paulownia.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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