bauhinia

noun
bau·​hin·​ia | \ bō-ˈi-nē-ə How to pronounce bauhinia (audio) , -ˈhi-, bȯ- \

Definition of bauhinia

: any of a genus (Bauhinia) of leguminous vines, shrubs, and trees of the legume family that grow in tropical and subtropical regions and include some that are grown especially for their fragrant orchid-like flowers

Examples of bauhinia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wang, a member of the group Got7, used to carry a Hong Kong flag and wear a hat with the city's symbol, a bauhinia flower. Juwon Park, chicagotribune.com, "Chinese pop stars publicly back Beijing on Hong Kong," 19 Aug. 2019 Wang, a member of the group Got7, used to carry a Hong Kong flag and wear a hat with the city's symbol, a bauhinia flower. Fortune, "Chinese Pop Stars Publicly Back Beijing on Hong Kong," 19 Aug. 2019 Wang, a member of the group Got7, used to carry a Hong Kong flag and wear a hat with the city’s symbol, a bauhinia flower. Washington Post, "Chinese K-pop stars publicly back Beijing on Hong Kong," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bauhinia

1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bauhinia

New Latin, from Jean Bauhin †1613 and Gaspard Bauhin †1624 Swiss botanists

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“Bauhinia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bauhinia. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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