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

Definition of begonia

: 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 One last comment on the weird name for this begonia. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 3 Sep. 2021 French botanist Charles Plumier discovered a begonia in Antilles in 1690 and named it after Begon. oregonlive, 9 Aug. 2021 The Whopper begonia is especially interesting with large flowers, large leaves and several color options. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Apr. 2021 The Begonia boliviensis varieties feature open, tubular flowers in shades of flaming orange and red, making this long-blooming, more sun tolerant begonia a real showstopper. Earl Nickel,, 4 Dec. 2020 However, many other plants, including edible microgreens such as chia or flax, and plants that naturally tend to grow near a water source such as orchids, ferns, and begonias, will all thrive in a terraplanter. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 May 2020 At Bigelow Nurseries in Northborough, Mass., workers stayed hours after closing on Friday, pulling in annuals like begonias and petunias. Maria Cramer, New York Times, 9 May 2020 Plant penta, wax leaf begonias, coleus or caladium in the shade. Calvin Finch,, 30 Apr. 2020 Wait until the last frost of the season to plant annuals and tender perennials (begonias and calla lillies, to name a few). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of begonia

1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for begonia

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

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“Begonia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of begonia

: a tropical plant that has shiny leaves and bright flowers


be·​go·​nia | \ bi-ˈgōn-yə How to pronounce begonia (audio) \

Kids Definition of begonia

: a plant with a juicy stem, ornamental leaves, and bright waxy flowers

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