begonia

[bih-gohn-yuh, -goh-nee-uh]
noun
  1. 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
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begonia

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for begonia
n.

1751, from French begonia (1706), named by Plumier for Michel Bégon (1638-1710), French governor of Santo Domingo (Haiti) and patron of botany.

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