poin·​ci·​ana ˌpȯin(t)-sē-ˈa-nə How to pronounce poinciana (audio)
: any of several ornamental tropical trees or shrubs (genera Caesalpinia and Delonix) of the legume family formerly placed in their own genus (Poinciana) compare royal poinciana

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Similar value is derived from leaving esperanza, poinciana, firebush and other cold-sensitive plants after the tops freeze. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 12 Dec. 2019 Also called poinciana, the pride of Barbados has airy foliage with small leaflets. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 7 June 2019 Deer are more likely to eat poinciana but may not do so except in deep drought. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 18 May 2018 In some neighborhoods the deer will pass up poinciana and firebush. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2018 Thryallis freezes back to the ground most winters but is more cold hardy than esperanza and poinciana. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 18 May 2018 Live oaks seemed unperturbed, gumbo limbos dropped limbs in Irma’s grasp as is their survival strategy, and poincianas seemed mostly to remain standing. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, 29 Sep. 2017 Truly one of the rewards for bearing a Florida summer is seeing the royal poinciana trees in full bloom. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, 20 July 2017 The wallpaper is blooming with the clients' favorite plants — royal poinciana, acacias, orchids, geraniums, kumquats — hand-painted on faint sky-blue tea paper. Kathleen Hackett, House Beautiful, 4 Aug. 2016 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from De Poinci, 17th century governor of part of the French West Indies

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poinciana was in 1731

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“Poinciana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poinciana. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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