poinciana

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noun poin·ci·ana \ˌpȯin(t)-sē-ˈa-nə, ˌp(w)än(t)-\

Definition of poinciana

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of poinciana

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


First Known Use: 1731

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