any of a genus (Paulownia) of Asian trees of the figwort family, with large, heart-shaped leaves and large, erect clusters of violet flowers; esp., a tree (P. tomentosa) having fragrant, violet flowers like those of foxglove
Origin of paulowniaModL, after Anna Pavlovna (died 1865), daughter of Czar Paul I
Any of several deciduous trees of the genus Paulownia, native to East Asia, having large, heart-shaped, opposite leaves and pyramidal panicles of purplish or white flowers with a spotted interior. Also called princess tree.
Origin of paulowniaNew Latin Paulownia, genus name, after Anna Paulovna, (1795–1865), Russian princess and queen of William II of the Netherlands.
- (botany) Any member of the genus Paulownia, comprising deciduous flowering trees native to Asia.