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[puh-goh-nee-uh, -gohn-yuh] /pəˈgoʊ ni ə, -ˈgoʊn yə/
a terrestrial orchid of the genus Pogonia, of North America.
Origin of pogonia
< New Latin < Greek pōgōníās bearded (with reference to the lip which is frequently fringed) Unabridged
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  • One example will suffice for present illustration—the sweet-pogonia or grass-pink of our sedgy swamps (pogonia ophioglossoides).

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • And so did calopogon, pogonia, spiranthes, and many other fine plant people that lived in our meadow.

  • Such a happening came to me the day when I first found the rose pogonia (pogonia ophioglossoides).

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
British Dictionary definitions for pogonia


any orchid of the chiefly American genus Pogonia, esp the snakesmouth, having pink or white fragrant flowers
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek pōgōnias bearded, from pōgōn a beard
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