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[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.
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Origin of bauhinia

< New Latin (Linnaeus), named after the brothers Jean Bauhin (1541–1612) and Gaspard Bauhin (1560–1624), Swiss botanists; see -ia
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Historical Examples

  • The trees are of a small size, principally box and bauhinia.

    Journals of Australian Explorations

    A C and F T Gregory

  • The food is served on platters made of the leaves of the banyan (Ficus bengalensis), Butea frondosa, Bauhinia, or plantain.

  • He makes rough ropes from the malanar plant, and the bark of the kayyūl tree (Bauhinia).

  • This is the time to make layers of Honeysuckle, Bauhinia, and other climbing and twining shrubs.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens

    David Lester Richardson

  • Besides cultivating, the Savaras collect Bauhinia leaves, and sell them to traders for making leaf platters.

British Dictionary definitions for bauhinia


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

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