[ puh-goh-nee-uh, -gohn-yuh ]
/ pəˈgoʊ ni ə, -ˈgoʊn yə /


a terrestrial orchid of the genus Pogonia, of North America.

Origin of pogonia

< New Latin < Greek pōgōníās bearded (with reference to the lip which is frequently fringed)
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Examples from the Web for pogonia

  • And so did calopogon, pogonia, spiranthes, and many other fine plant people that lived in our meadow.

  • One example will suffice for present illustration—the sweet-pogonia or grass-pink of our sedgy swamps (Pogonia ophioglossoides).

    My Studio Neighbors|William Hamilton Gibson
  • Such a happening came to me the day when I first found the rose pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides).

    Everyday Adventures|Samuel Scoville

British Dictionary definitions for pogonia


/ (pəˈɡəʊnɪə) /


any orchid of the chiefly American genus Pogonia, esp the snakesmouth, having pink or white fragrant flowers

Word Origin for pogonia

C19: New Latin, from Greek pōgōnias bearded, from pōgōn a beard
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