1. Any of numerous evergreen or deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Magnolia of the Western Hemisphere and Asia, having large, showy, often fragrant white, pink, purple, or yellow flowers, and widely cultivated as ornamentals.
2. The flower of any of these plants.
[New Latin Magnolia, genus name, after Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), French botanist.]
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