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[bih-gohn-yuh, -goh-nee-uh]
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  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • I lost a number of Begonia slips by keeping the earth too wet.

    The Mayflower, January, 1905


  • 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.

    A Garden with House Attached

    Sarah Warner Brooks

  • Beside it should sit a begonia or two, and some flowering geraniums.

    A Garden with House Attached

    Sarah Warner Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for begonia


  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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