• WordNet 3.6
    • n Bignonia one species: cross vine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bignonia (Bot) A large genus of American, mostly tropical, climbing shrubs, having compound leaves and showy somewhat tubular flowers. Bignonia capreolata is the cross vine of the Southern United States. The trumpet creeper (also called the trumpet vine), with large red tubular flowers, was formerly considered to be of this genus, but is now classified as Campsis radicans.
    • Bignonia any member of the family Bignoniaceae, including the bignonia{1 catalpa trumpet creeper, and princess tree. They typically have brightly colored tubular (trumpet-shaped) flowers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bignonia big-nō′ni-a a genus of tropical plants with trumpet-shaped flowers, named from the Abbé Bignon, Louis XIV.'s librarian.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Named from the Abbé Bignon,


In literature:

In creepers, bignonia and lantana will hold their own under difficulties perhaps as well as any that can be found.
"Three Elephant Power" by Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
Bignonia capreolata, with its strongly apheliotropic tendrils (which I had from Kew), is now interesting me greatly.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Flowers above an inch long, remarkable for the broad divisions of the corolla, and the general form much that of a BIGNONIA.
"Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia" by Thomas Mitchell
A double blue pea {74} and a purple Bignonia are scrambling over shrubs and walls.
"At Last" by Charles Kingsley
Bignonia, a Leguminous tree, a ditto Mimosa.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
He is feeding on the bignonias.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Bignonia will give satisfaction south of Chicago, in most localities.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
In her fingers, I noticed the flower of a bignonia.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
For July and August blossoming, there is the Bignonia Grandiflora or Mammoth-flowered Trumpet creeper.
"Garden Ornaments" by Mary H. Northend
The coral honeysuckle and the red bignonia were in season now.
"Palmetto-Leaves" by Harriet Beecher Stowe

In poetry:

The jasmine and bignonia spill
Their balm around your windowsill;
The sill where, when magnolia-white,
In foliage mists, the moon hangs far,
You lean with bright deep eyes of night
And hearken my guitar.
"Floridian" by Madison Julius Cawein