Definition of paulownia in English:

paulownia

noun

  • A small SE Asian tree with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant lilac flowers.

    Genus Paulownia, family Scrophulariaceae

    • ‘As part of a game, King Cheng gave Yu a paulownia leaf and declared him enfeoffed.’
    • ‘I want to plant a royal paulownia or princess tree in my front yard in North Beach, MD. Where can I get one?’
    • ‘Popular three-bar sets were further packaged in an upscale paulownia wood box.’
    • ‘This complex little sculpture shows a circular, so-called ‘moon gate’ in a roofed garden wall overhung with branches of paulownia and surrounded by ornamental pierced rocks.’
    • ‘Yeh said that the trees, also know as paulownia trees in English, used to be an important source of income for the Hakka.’

Origin

Modern Latin, named after Anna Pavlovna (1795–1865), a Russian princess.

Pronunciation

paulownia

/pɔːˈlɒvnɪə//pɔːˈləʊnɪə/