noun \bi-ˈgō-nyə\

: a tropical plant that has shiny leaves and bright flowers

Full Definition of BEGONIA

:  any of a large genus (Begonia of the family Begoniaceae, the begonia family) of tropical or subtropical herbs and shrubs that have asymmetrical leaves and are widely cultivated as ornamentals

Origin of BEGONIA

New Latin, from Michel Bégon †1710 French governor of Santo Domingo
First Known Use: 1751

Rhymes with BEGONIA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 1,000 species (genus Begonia) of mostly succulent, tropical or subtropical plants, many with colourful flowers or leaves and used as potted plants indoors or as garden plants. Begonias come in a bewildering array of cultivated varieties. The wax begonia (B. semperflorens) is the most popular for use as a summer bedding plant; angelwing begonias are characterized by their tall stems; hairy begonias have feltlike leaves. Most begonias are tender and intolerant of dry conditions; they require protection from strong sunlight.


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