bab·​i·​a·​na | \ ˌbabēˈanə, -ˈä-, -ˈȧ- also -ˈā- \

Definition of babiana

1 capitalized : a genus of bulbous herbs (family Iridaceae) having showy red or yellow spicate flowers
2 plural -s : a plant of the genus Babiana

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First Known Use of babiana

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for babiana

New Latin, from Dutch babianer, from obsolete Dutch babiaen baboon (now baviaan), from Middle French babouin baboon; from the fact that its stems are eaten by baboons

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“Babiana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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