royal poinciana


: a showy Madagascan tree (Delonix regia synonym Poinciana regia) widely planted for its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers

called also flamboyant, peacock flower

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Nestled between thick groves of sea grapes, beneath the shade of coconut palms and royal poinciana trees, this colonial estate is spread out alongside four miles of soft white sand and turquoise waters as far as the eye can see. Jennifer Leigh Parker, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Jacaranda and royal poinciana: Too much cold also can be an issue. Dan Gill,, 17 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of royal poinciana was circa 1900

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“Royal poinciana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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