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begonia

[bih-gohn-yuh, -goh-nee-uh] /bɪˈgoʊn yə, -ˈgoʊ ni ə/
noun
1.
any tropical plant belonging to the genus Begonia, including species cultivated for the handsome, succulent leaves and waxy flowers.
Origin
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus), named after Michel Bégon (1638-1710), French patron of science; see -ia
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  • Rather, it arrived in our apartment aboard a pink begonia plant that we'd bought at the local farmer's market.
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  • The impatiens and begonia are breathing their last around the trunks of side-street trees.
  • The only native begonia, found in wet ravines often by waterfalls.
  • Diverse begonia species and varieties have been collected to study fertility and hardiness.
  • They'll also eat begonia, lilac, peony and strawberry plants.
  • begonia is a genus in the flowering plant family begoniaceae.
British Dictionary definitions for begonia

begonia

/bɪˈɡəʊnjə/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Begonia, of warm and tropical regions, widely cultivated for their ornamental leaves and waxy flowers: family Begoniaceae
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, named after Michel Bégon (1638–1710), French patron of science
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Word Origin and History for begonia
n.

1751, from French begonia (1706), named by Plumier for Michel Bégon (1638-1710), French governor of Santo Domingo (Haiti) and patron of botany.

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