[ bih-gohn-yuh, -goh-nee-uh ]
/ bɪˈgoʊn yə, -ˈgoʊ ni ə /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for begonia

/ (bɪˈɡəʊnjə) /


any plant of the genus Begonia, of warm and tropical regions, widely cultivated for their ornamental leaves and waxy flowers: family Begoniaceae

Word Origin for begonia

C18: New Latin, named after Michel Bégon (1638–1710), French patron of science
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