poin·​ci·​ana | \ ˌpȯin(t)-sē-ˈa-nə How to pronounce poinciana (audio) , ˌp(w)än(t)-\

Definition of poinciana

: 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

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Also called poinciana, the pride of Barbados has airy foliage with small leaflets. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "The top hot-weather plants for color in the San Antonio garden," 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, "For your garden: 6 woody perennials that love the heat," 18 May 2018 In some neighborhoods the deer will pass up poinciana and firebush. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The deer-proof plants you should plant this spring," 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, "For your garden: 6 woody perennials that love the heat," 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, "A hurricane wrecked your yard. Now what?," 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, "This regal tree looks like it burst into flames," 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, "The Rules of Colorful Decorating, According to Celerie Kemble," 4 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of poinciana

1731, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poinciana

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

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