• WordNet 3.6
    • n magnolia any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia; valued for their longevity and exquisite fragrant blooms
    • n magnolia dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The magnolia tree is named after Pierre Magnol, a French scientist.
    • n Magnolia (Bot) A genus of American and Asiatic trees, with aromatic bark and large sweet-scented whitish or reddish flowers.Magnolia grandiflora has coriaceous shining leaves and very fragrant blossoms. It is common from North Carolina to Florida and Texas, and is one of the most magnificent trees of the American forest. The sweet bay (Magnolia glauca)is a small tree found sparingly as far north as Cape Ann. Other American species are Magnolia Umbrella Magnolia macrophylla Magnolia Fraseri Magnolia acuminata, and Magnolia cordata. Magnolia conspicua and Magnolia purpurea are cultivated shrubs or trees from Eastern Asia. Magnolia Campbellii, of India, has rose-colored or crimson flowers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Meg Ryan turned down plum lead parts in the films "Steel Magnolias," "Pretty Woman," and "Silence of the Lambs." A few years after her rejection of "Silence of the Lambs," which earned Jodie Foster a Best Actress Oscar, Ryan disclosed to Barbara Walters in a television interview that she had felt the role "was dangerous and a little ugly. I felt it was too dark - for me."
    • n magnolia A genus of plants, type of the natural order Magnoliaceœ and the tribe Magnolieœ, characterized by a sessile cone-shaped cluster of pistils, and two-ovuled persistent carpels which open down the back at maturity. They are trees or shrubs with entire alternate leaves, often evergreen, conduplicate in the bud, and then protected by membranous stipules, and large showy flowers which are solitary and terminal. The calyx consists of three deciduous sepals, and the corolla of six to twelve petals, usually white or purplish; and the stamens and pistils are numerous. The flowers are generally fragrant, and the fruit is a spike, consisting of a number of follicles, from the openings of which the scarlet or brown seeds are suspended at maturity by long and slender threads. There are about 15 species, indigenous to subtropical Asia and the eastern part of North America. They are almost all very ornamental, and are frequently cultivated, M. conspicua is the yulan. M. grandiflora is the big laurel or bull-bay of the southern United States, a fine forest-tree, 60 or 80 feet high, evergreen, with fragrant flowers. M. macrophylla is the great-leafed cucumber, a less common tree of the same region. M. Umbrella is the umbrella-tree. M. acuminata, the cucumber-tree or mountain-magnolia, extends north to New York and Ohio. Another cucumber-tree is M. cordata, growing in the Southern States. M. glauca, a moderate-sized tree, or northward a shrub, grows in swamps from Massachusetts to Florida and Texas. It has globular fragrant flowers, 2 inches long, the leaves ever green in the south. It is variously named small or laurel magnolia, sweet-bay or white-bay, white laurel or swamplaurel; also beaver-tree and swamp-sassafras. The genus appears very early and very abundantly in the fossil state, over 50 species having been described. They range from the Middle Cretaceous to the Pliocene, being more numerous in the Cretaceous than in the Tertiary in both Europe and America, and also occurring in Greenland, in Australia, in Japan, and in Java.
    • n magnolia [l. c] A plant of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Magnolia mag-nōl′i-a or -ya a North American tree with beautiful foliage, and large, white or purplish, sweet-scented flowers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. Named after Pierre Magnol, professor of botany at Montpellier, France, in the 17th century
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), a Montpellier botanist.


In literature:

It was Romeo, and he carried a great bunch of magnolia blossoms.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
Gardeners are murdered only by other gardeners, over some question of a magnolia-tree.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
There is also a maid, but we don't know her name, so we call her Magnolia.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
The magnolia trees are in full bloom.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
See how hideous this magnolia is!
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
They went from here to Magnolia for a two weeks' visit at the seaside cottage of Mr. and Mrs. James Purinton, of Lynn, Mass.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
Your Magnolia is undoubtedly a superior specimen.
"The Venus Trap" by Evelyn E. Smith
The Magnolia's song resembles the Yellow Warbler's in tone.
"What Bird is That?" by Frank M. Chapman
Blooming magnolia clumps filled the air with a heavy, languid odor.
"Eleven Possible Cases" by Frank R. Stockton

In poetry:

The claw
Of the magnolia,
Drunk on its own scents,
Asks nothing of life.
"Paralytic" by Sylvia Plath
A petal drifted loose
From a great magnolia bloom,
Your face hung in the gloom,
Floating, white and close.
"The Alien" by Aldous Huxley
Against the swart magnolias' sheen
Pronged maples, like a stag's new horn,
Stand gouted red upon the green,
In March when shaggy buds are shorn.
"Carolina Spring Song" by William Hervey Allen Jr
Herein are blown from out the South
Songs blithe as those of Pan's pursed mouth--
As sweet in voice as, in perfume,
The night-breath of magnolia-bloom.
"A Southern Singer" by James Whitcomb Riley
And gardens, where, in the myrrh-sweet June,
Magnolias blossom with many a moon
Of fragrance; and, in the feldspar light
Of August, roses bloom red and white.
"The Road Home" by Madison Julius Cawein
In the long sunset where impatient sound
Strips niggers to a multiple of backs
Flies yield their heat, magnolias drench the ground
With Appomattox! The shadows lie in stacks.
"Idiot" by Allen Tate

In news:

Thomas Willis , 77, of Norphlet, formerly of Magnolia, passed away Thursday, Oct 4, 2012, at John R Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado.
Services are pending with Lewis Funeral Home, Inc of Magnolia.
Editor's Note: 610 Magnolia's Edward Lee is not only an award-winning chef and "Top Chef" fan favorite, he's also a big fan of the late Texan singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt.
Editor Don Whitten writes about the voting habits of Mississippians, noting that voters in the Magnolia State turn out in a higher percentage than most of the country.
Street-level interactive weather map : Magnolia.
Street-level interactive weather map: Magnolia.
Menard, Rosie Ledet, the Magnolia Sisters and others.
Mixer of the Steel Magnolias sports 1950s theme.
Ryan Choura, left, co-chair of The Stags men's auxiliary of the Steel Magnolias.
Steel Magnolias President Lorie Merrill.
GCT Opens its 41st Season with Steel Magnolias.
"The ABCs of Death" stars Dallas Malloy, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Ivan Conzalez, Kyra Zagorsky and Peter Pedrero in a Magnolia Pictures release.
Wildfires destroyed thousands of acres last year in Montgomery County including numerous homes in Magnolia and other parts.
Woodlands, Magnolia at risk for wildfires.
If you know the sights around Magnolia, WA then this scene should be familiar.