[baw-hin-ee-uh, boh-in-]
  1. any of numerous trees, shrubs, or vines of the genus Bauhinia, native to warm regions, having two-lobed leaves and showy, usually white, purple, or reddish flowers, widely planted in southern Florida.

Origin of bauhinia

< New Latin (Linnaeus), named after the brothers Jean Bauhin (1541–1612) and Gaspard Bauhin (1560–1624), Swiss botanists; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. any climbing or shrubby leguminous plant of the genus Bauhinia, of tropical and warm regions, widely cultivated for ornament

Word Origin for bauhinia

C18: New Latin, named after Jean and Gaspard Bauhin, 16th-century French herbalists
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