• WordNet 3.6
    • n dillenia any of several evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Dillenia grown for their foliage and nodding flowers resembling magnolias which are followed by fruit that is used in curries and jellies and preserves
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dillenia A genus of plants, natural order Dilleniaceæ, consisting of lofty forest-trees, natives of tropical Asia. They nave large leaves and showy white or yellow flowers. D. pentagyna is a handsome tree, common in the forests of lndia and Burma. D. speciosa is also a fine tree frequently planted in lndia for ornament; its large acid fruits are used in curries, and for making jelly, etc. The leaves of some of the species, as in other genera of the order, are very firm and rough, and are used like sand-paper for polishing woodwork.
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In literature:

We halted after gathering a crop of leaves under a fine Dillenia, which was loaded with its fruit.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
DILLENIA'CEAE, an order of plants, chiefly fine trees, inhabiting the East Indies, allied to Ranunculaceae and Magnoliaceae.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various