bauhinia

bauhinia

[baw-hin-ee-uh, boh-in-]
noun
any of numerous trees, shrubs, or vines of the genus Bauhinia, native to warm regions, having two-lobed leaves and showy, usually white, purple, or reddish flowers, widely planted in southern Florida.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus), named after the brothers Jean Bauhin (1541–1612) and Gaspard Bauhin (1560–1624), Swiss botanists; see -ia

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bauhinia (bɔːˈhɪnɪə, bəʊ-)
 
n
any climbing or shrubby leguminous plant of the genus Bauhinia, of tropical and warm regions, widely cultivated for ornament
 
[C18: New Latin, named after Jean and Gaspard Bauhin, 16th-century French herbalists]

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