be·​go·​nia bi-ˈgō-nyə How to pronounce begonia (audio)
: 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

Examples of begonia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coleus, begonias and upright fuchsias are other choices. Suzanne S. Brown, The Denver Post, 14 May 2024 Usually grown as annuals, begonias can become perennial in Zones 10 and 11. Marissa Wu, Southern Living, 12 Mar. 2024 Outside the museum, Koons’ giant hound of marigolds and begonias punctuates her point perfectly. Christian House, CNN, 18 Mar. 2024 In particular, freezing temperatures can be a major threat to succulents, tropical plants, ferns and citrus as well as such cold-tender favorites as begonias and geraniums. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 From achiote trees to red begonias to bird’s nest ferns, their impressive year-round collection is a feast for the senses. Anna Haines, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 For warm weather, switch to lantana, verbena, begonias, angelonia, impatiens, coleus, sweet potato vine, fanflower, narrowleaf zinnia, and Wave petunia. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 16 Sep. 2022 This local nonprofit has welcomed floral-loving guests since the ‘60s, and visitors can expect to see collections of rhododendrons, heathers, camellia, begonias, magnolias, fuchsias, and even wild mushrooms, depending on the season. Chelsee Lowe, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 Flowers like zinnias, begonias, and sunflowers are also annuals. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 2 Aug. 2023

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Word History


New Latin, from Michel Bégon †1710 French governor of Santo Domingo

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of begonia was in 1751

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“Begonia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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be·​go·​nia bi-ˈgō-nyə How to pronounce begonia (audio)
: any of a large genus of tropical herbs often grown for their colorful leaves and bright waxy flowers

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