Definition of portia tree in English:

portia tree

Pronunciation /ˈpɔːʃə triː/

noun

  • A pantropical evergreen tree, Thespesia populnea (family Malvaceae), that bears yellow flowers that turn purple and is valued for its hard wood.

Origin

Late 18th century. From Tamil pūvaracu portia tree, tulip tree, literally ‘flower-king’ (from pū flower + aracu king) + tree, probably remodelled after the forename Portia; perhaps via French †porchi.