The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Magnolia \Mag*no"li*a\, n. [NL. Named after Pierre Magnol,
professor of botany at Montpellier, France, in the 17th
A genus of American and Asiatic trees, with aromatic bark and
large sweet-scented whitish or reddish flowers.
Note: 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
Magnolia warbler (Zool.), a beautiful North American wood
warbler (Dendroica maculosa). The rump and under parts
are bright yellow; the breast and belly are spotted with
black; the under tail coverts are white; the crown is ash.