a family (Begoniaceae, order Violales) of dicotyledonous tropical plants
any of a genus (Begonia
) of plants of this family, grown for their handsome
, ornamental leaves or their clustered
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Word origin of 'begonia'ModL, after M. Bégon (1638-1710), Fr governor of Santo Domingo & a patron of science