babiana

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

Definition of babiana

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of bulbous herbs (family Iridaceae) having showy red or yellow spicate flowers

  2. 2 plural -s :  a plant of the genus Babiana

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Origin and Etymology of 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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