[bih-gohn-yuh, -goh-nee-uh]
any tropical plant belonging to the genus Begonia, including species cultivated for the handsome, succulent leaves and waxy flowers.

< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus), named after Michel Bégon (1638–1710), French patron of science; see -ia Unabridged
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begonia (bɪˈɡəʊnjə)
any plant of the genus Begonia, of warm and tropical regions, widely cultivated for their ornamental leaves and waxy flowers: family Begoniaceae
[C18: New Latin, named after Michel Bégon (1638--1710), French patron of science]

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Word Origin & History

1751, from Fr. (1706), named by Plumier for Michel Bégon (1638-1710), French governor of Santo Domingo (Haiti) and patron of botany.
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Example sentences
Rather, it arrived in our apartment aboard a pink begonia plant that we'd
  bought at the local farmer's market.
He empathized with an unsuccessful begonia in the show.
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.
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