any tropical plant belonging to the genus Begonia, including species cultivated for the handsome, succulent leaves and waxy flowers.
Historical Examples

A good one for a shady window is the one called the ‘beefsteak’ begonia.
The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming. Ellen Eddy Shaw

I lost a number of begonia slips by keeping the earth too wet.
The Mayflower, January, 1905 Various

In leaves the tendency of spots to elongate in the direction of the leaf is very marked, as may be well seen in begonia.
Colouration in Animals and Plants Alfred Tylor

This specimen was 12 inches high when we placed it in the begonia bed the 22nd, of May.
The Mayflower, January, 1905 Various

The begonia is a gross feeder, and to develop its fine qualities there must be a liberal employment of manure.
The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition Sutton and Sons

Beside it should sit a begonia or two, and some flowering geraniums.
A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks

And begonia Smith turned the garden into a fairy-land that summer.
The House ‘Round the Corner Gordon Holmes

There were vivid parterres of flowers, begonia and geranium.
The Cardinal’s Snuff-Box Henry Harland

begonia leaves, however, will throw out young plants from the main veins when these veins or ribs are cut.
The Practical Garden-Book C. E. Hunn

Among foliage plants such things as coleus, dusty miller, begonia, and some geraniums are adaptable.
The Practical Garden-Book C. E. Hunn

any plant of the genus Begonia, of warm and tropical regions, widely cultivated for their ornamental leaves and waxy flowers: family Begoniaceae

1751, from French begonia (1706), named by Plumier for Michel Bégon (1638-1710), French governor of Santo Domingo (Haiti) and patron of botany.


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