big·​no·​nia big-ˈnō-nē-ə How to pronounce bignonia (audio)
: a woody evergreen vine (Bignonia capreolata of the family Bignoniaceae, the bignonia family) of the southern and central U.S. that has compound leaves and tubular flowers

Word History


New Latin, genus name, from J. P. Bignon †1743 French royal librarian

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bignonia was in 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Bignonia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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