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[bih-gohn-yuh, -goh-nee-uh] /bɪˈgoʊn yə, -ˈgoʊ ni ə/
any tropical plant belonging to the genus Begonia, including species cultivated for the handsome, succulent leaves and waxy flowers.
Origin of begonia
< New Latin (Linnaeus), named after Michel Bégon (1638-1710), French patron of science; see -ia Unabridged
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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


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

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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