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.

Origin of bignonia

1690–1700; < New Latin, named after Abbé Bignon (librarian of Louis XIV of France); see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bignonia

Historical Examples of bignonia

  • The lacquer is drawn from its milky sap and mixed with the oil of the bignonia.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Bignonia will give satisfaction south of Chicago, in most localities.

    Amateur Gardencraft

    Eben E. Rexford

  • One 265 of the most exquisite of all is the seed of Bignonia.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • It thrives mightily on these gravelled shores, and so do the bignonia vine, the poison ivy, and the Virginia creeper.

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites

  • In creepers, bignonia and lantana will hold their own under difficulties perhaps as well as any that can be found.

    Three Elephant Power

    Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson

British Dictionary definitions for bignonia



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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