- 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
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Examples from the Web for begonia
I lost a number of Begonia slips by keeping the earth too wet.
So many advise if but one Begonia is kept to let it be a Rubra.
This specimen was 12 inches high when we placed it in the Begonia bed the 22nd, of May.
I had formerly supposed that a north window might suit a begonia.
Beside it should sit a begonia or two, and some flowering geraniums.
- 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 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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