Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various tropical or subtropical plants of the genus Begonia, widely cultivated as ornamentals for their usually asymmetrical, brightly colored leaves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant of the large genus of Begonia.

Etymologies

New Latin Begonia, genus name, after Michel Bégon (1638-1710), French governor in the West Indies.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bégonia, named after Michel Bégon (1638–1710), French governor of Saint-Domingue. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They would stop to admire the begonia pots, take pictures of the walls that had been the scenes of the vengeful executions … brigades of workers had carefully erased the bullet marks.

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  • Kristin: "don't forget to smell the rosies" - from a botanist's view, the flowers being smelt are of a begonia.

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  • Cathy had brought over a large red begonia in bloom and some homemade cookies.

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  • While sitting beneath those fragrant pink trumpets, Morris can gaze across the porch at this stunning 'Bonita Shea' begonia.

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  • A celebrity among horticulturalists, he's even got a new kind of begonia named after him, Begonia blancii, after discovering it two years ago while trekking through a rainforest in the Philippines.

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  • Nonetheless, when the opportunity arose to have tea at the Regency Hotel Tuesday afternoon with Marge Ternes, the reigning grand dame of Park Avenue's malls, I was hopeful the opportunity would arise to raise the begonia question.

    Bemoaning the Begonias

  • A curve of lawn with a driveway, two-car garage, liriope and begonia planted on the sidewalks in summer, decorative purple cabbages and winter pansies from greenhouses in fall.

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  • I'm not some shy begonia just off the yam truck; I'm more than happy to call a rake "a rake" and a hoe "a hoe" and play the game as directed.

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  • "Spain, 2003" is a small, begonia-like potted plant shot from overhead on a rough-textured surface further complicated by crisscrossing, but indeterminate, shadows.

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  • While Diana was sleek and saintly (or so she had us believe) and a ruthless player of victim status, Fergie was like a municipal begonia, all cheap and obvious.

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