Virgilia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Virgilia genus of South African trees having pinnate leaves and rose-purple flowers followed by leathery pods
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n virgilia A genus of leguminous trees of the tribe Sophoreæ. It is characterized by papilionaceous rose-purple flowers with a broad banner-petal, falcate wings, and connate keelpetals, and by a sessile ovary which becomes a coriaceous, wingless, flattened two-valved pod. The only species, V. Capensis, is an evergreen tree of Cape Colony, from 15 to 30 feet high, cultivated under the name Cape Virgilia; it bears pinnate leaves with small leaflets, and handsome flowers in short terminal racemes. V. lutea, the American yellow-wood, is now referred to Cladrastis.
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Usage

In literature:

Having spoken thus, she took Virgilia and her children, and proceeded, in company with the other women, to the Volscian camp.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)" by Plutarch
The tears of Virgilia and Volumnia saved Rome from the Volscians when nothing else could move the vengeful heart of Coriolanus.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden
In winter the smooth pale bark of the "Virgilia," as the nurseryman calls it, reminds one of the rind of the beech.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
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