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An evergreen woody vine (Bignonia capreolata) native to the southeast United States, having showy reddish orange trumpet-shaped flowers and stems that show a cross shape when cut in cross-section. Also called cross vine.
[New Latin Bignonia, genus name, after Jean Paul Bignon (1662-1743), French royal librarian.]
(Plants) any tropical American bignoniaceous climbing shrub of the genus Bignonia (or Doxantha), cultivated for their trumpet-shaped yellow or reddish flowers. See also cross vine
[C19: from New Latin, named after the Abbé Jean-Paul Bignon (1662–1743)]
big•no•ni•a(bɪgˈnoʊ ni ə)
n., pl. -ni•as.
any chiefly tropical American climbing shrub of the genus Bignonia, cultivated for its showy, trumpet-shaped flowers.
[1690–1700; < New Latin, after AbbéBignon]
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asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
Bignoniaceae, family Bignoniaceae - trees or shrubs or woody vines or herbs having fruit resembling gourds or capsules; sometimes placed in the order Scrophulariales