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/ bɪgˈnoʊ ni ə /
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any chiefly tropical American climbing shrub of the genus Bignonia, cultivated for its showy, trumpet-shaped flowers.
any member of the plant family Bignoniaceae, characterized by trees, shrubs, and woody vines having opposite leaves, showy, bisexual, tubular flowers, and often large, gourdlike or capsular fruit with flat, winged seeds, and including the bignonia, catalpa, princess tree, and trumpet creeper.
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Origin of bignonia

1690–1700; <New Latin, named after Abbé Bignon (librarian of Louis XIV of France); see -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for bignonia

/ (bɪɡˈnəʊnɪə) /

any tropical American bignoniaceous climbing shrub of the genus Bignonia (or Doxantha), cultivated for their trumpet-shaped yellow or reddish flowersSee also cross vine

Word Origin for bignonia

C19: from New Latin, named after the Abbé Jean-Paul Bignon (1662–1743)
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