nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A deciduous tree or shrub (Franklinia alatamaha) originally native to Georgia but now known only in cultivation, having large white fragrant flowers and woody capsules.
Origin: After Benjamin Franklin.