bauhinia

noun

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

Example Sentences

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, 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, 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, 19 Aug. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bauhinia was in 1754

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Cite this Entry

“Bauhinia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bauhinia. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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