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poignance
Poignancy
Poignant
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Poikilitic
Poikilocyte
poikilotherm
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poikilothermic
poikilothermous
poilu
Poincar
Poinciana gilliesii
Poinciana or Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Poinciana pulcherrima
Poinciana regia
poind
Poinder
poinsettia
poinsettia strain
Point
point after
point after touchdown

Poinciana definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: small subgenus of ornamental tropical shrubs or trees; not recognized in some classifications [syn: Poinciana, subgenus Poinciana]
2: a tropical flowering shrub having bright orange or red flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana [syn: bird of paradise, poinciana, Caesalpinia gilliesii, Poinciana gilliesii]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: New Latin, from De Poinci, 17th century governor of part of the French West Indies Date: 1731 any of several ornamental tropical trees or shrubs (genera Caesalpinia and Delonix) of the legume family formerly placed in their own genus (Poinciana) compare royal poinciana

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. any tropical tree of the genus Poinciana, with bright showy red flowers. Etymology: mod.L f. M. de Poinci, 17th-c. governor in the West Indies + -ana fem. suffix

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Poinciana Poin`ci*a"na, n. [NL. Named after M. de Poinci, a governor of the French West Indies.] (Bot.) A prickly tropical shrub (C[ae]salpinia, formerly Poinciana, pulcherrima), with bipinnate leaves, and racemes of showy orange-red flowers with long crimson filaments. Note: The genus Poinciana is kept up for three trees of Eastern Africa, the Mascarene Islands, and India.



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