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[big-noh-nee-uh] /bɪgˈnoʊ ni ə/
any chiefly tropical American climbing shrub of the genus Bignonia, cultivated for its showy, trumpet-shaped flowers.
any member of the plant family Bignoniaceae, characterized by trees, shrubs, and woody vines having opposite leaves, showy, bisexual, tubular flowers, and often large, gourdlike or capsular fruit with flat, winged seeds, and including the bignonia, catalpa, princess tree, and trumpet creeper.
Origin of bignonia
1690-1700; < New Latin, named after Abbé Bignon (librarian of Louis XIV of France); see -ia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bignonia
Historical Examples
  • The lacquer is drawn from its milky sap and mixed with the oil of the bignonia.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • bignonia will give satisfaction south of Chicago, in most localities.

    Amateur Gardencraft Eben E. Rexford
  • One 265 of the most exquisite of all is the seed of bignonia.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • It thrives mightily on these gravelled shores, and so do the bignonia vine, the poison ivy, and the Virginia creeper.

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • In creepers, bignonia and lantana will hold their own under difficulties perhaps as well as any that can be found.

    Three Elephant Power Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
  • It had beautiful violet-coloured flowers, an inch long, and Don Pablo saw that it was a species of bignonia.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Some were white and starlike, but the greater number were the large scarlet cups of the trumpet-vine (bignonia).

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • Chica, an orange-red colouring matter obtained from boiling the leaves of the bignonia chica, and used as a dye.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • Its favourite haunt is among the red and scentless flowers of the buck-eye, or the large trumpet-shaped blossoms of the bignonia.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • bignonia crispa occurs, and a Scilloid plant out of flower is common.

British Dictionary definitions for bignonia


any tropical American bignoniaceous climbing shrub of the genus Bignonia (or Doxantha), cultivated for their trumpet-shaped yellow or reddish flowers See also cross vine
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, named after the Abbé Jean-Paul Bignon (1662–1743)
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