poinciana

noun poin·ci·ana \ ˌpȯin(t)-sē-ˈa-nə , ˌp(w)än(t)- \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

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


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