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  1. any of various plants, vines, or shrubs belonging to the genus Thunbergia, of the acanthus family, native to Africa and southern Asia, having variously colored flowers and often cultivated as ornamentals in warm regions.

Origin of thunbergia

1835–45; < New Latin, named after Carl P. Thunberg (1743–1822), Swedish botanist; see -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for thunbergia


  1. any plant of the typically climbing tropical genus Thunbergia such as black-eyed Susan: family Acanthaceae

Word Origin

named after K. P. Thunberg (1743–1822), Swedish traveller and botanist
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