from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A very large genus of polypetalous exogenous plants, the type of the natural order Begoniaceæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of plants, mostly of tropical America, many species of which are grown as ornamental plants. The leaves are curiously one-sided, and often exhibit brilliant colors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Begoniaceae — the begonias.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of numerous plants of the genus Begonia grown for their attractive glossy asymmetrical leaves and colorful flowers in usually terminal cymes or racemes


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Named after Michael Begon (1683-1710) by botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778).


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