Definitions of magnolia
  1. noun
    any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia; valued for their longevity and exquisite fragrant blooms
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    Magnolia grandiflora, bull bay, evergreen magnolia, large-flowering magnolia, southern magnolia
    evergreen tree of southern United States having large stiff glossy leaves and huge white sweet-smelling flowers
    Magnolia tripetala, elk-wood, elkwood, umbrella magnolia, umbrella tree
    small deciduous tree of eastern North America having creamy white flowers and large leaves in formations like umbrellas at the ends of branches
    Magnolia fraseri, earleaved umbrella tree
    small erect deciduous tree with large leaves in coiled formations at branch tips
    Magnolia acuminata, cucumber tree
    American deciduous magnolia having large leaves and fruit like a small cucumber
    Magnolia macrophylla, great-leaved macrophylla, large-leaved cucumber tree, large-leaved magnolia
    large deciduous shrub or tree of southeastern United States having huge leaves in dense false whorls and large creamy flowers tinged purple toward the base
    Chinese magnolia, Magnolia soulangiana, saucer magnolia
    large deciduous shrub or small tree having large open rosy to purplish flowers; native to Asia; prized as an ornamental in eastern North America
    Magnolia stellata, star magnolia
    deciduous shrubby magnolia from Japan having fragrant white starlike flowers blooming before leaves unfold; grown as an ornamental in United States
    Magnolia virginiana, swamp bay, swamp laurel, sweet bay
    shrub or small tree having rather small fragrant white flowers; abundant in southeastern United States
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    angiospermous tree, flowering tree
    any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
  2. noun
    dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine
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    tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
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