One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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- ‘The wellingtonia in Orchard Close is thought to be 360 years old and part of an extended avenue planted to mark the route taken by the defeated King Charles after the Battle of Edgehill.’
- ‘The Arboretum contains trees from all over the world, including date palms, camphor trees from Japan, Mexican Cyprus, and wellingtonia from California.’
- ‘He destroyed two fine wellingtonia to build new greenhouses.’
- ‘Most favoured sites are contained in the soft fibrous bark of coast redwoods and wellingtonias.’
- ‘Among its attractions are its trees of cupressus and wellingtonia along with a large collection of wisteria, unusually grown inside the orangery.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from the former binomial Wellingtonia gigantea (from Wellington, 1st Duke of).
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